Friday, December 19, 2014

Jimmy Rollins Topps Gallery - #ThanksJRoll

There has been a deal.  After much consternation and hand-wringing, the Phillies have officially traded long-time shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers for pitching prospects Zach Eflin and Tom Windle.  The deal had to wait until the Dodgers completed their Matt Kemp trade with the Padres, in which one of the players received from San Diego was Eflin.

I'm still processing all of this, and trying to figure out exactly how I want to pay tribute to Rollins and his time in Philadelphia.

Back in the 1980s, when the Phillies were paying tribute to a retired star, they'd issue a poster or a print of that star framed by his Topps baseball cards throughout his career.  They did this for Tug McGraw, Mike Schmidt and Richie Ashburn.  I'd like to see them do something similar for Rollins when the day comes for him to announce his retirement.  In the meantime, here's a gallery of Rollins' base Topps cards as my small tribute to the franchise's all-time hits leader and the greatest shortstop in team history.

2001 Topps Traded #T66
2002 Topps #164
2003 Topps #3
2004 Topps #76
2005 Topps #76
2006 Topps #205
2007 Topps #265
2008 Topps #30
2009 Topps #525
2010 Topps #403
2011 Topps #199
2012 Topps #617
2013 Topps #206
2014 Topps #312

Thursday, December 18, 2014

1977 Phillies Photocards


Number of Cards:  38
Card Size:  3 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Description:  As was the case with all Phillies photocards issued throughout the 1970s, these cards feature a black and white photo with the players' name below.  The backs of the cards are blank and there's no indication on the cards themselves that they're from 1977.  Some of the cards contain blue facsimile autographs, as noted on the checklist below.  Also, some of the cards featuring portrait photos of the players are cropped so that there's a larger than usual white space on the bottom border.  The Hutton card below is an example of this.

How Distributed:  The cards were handed out to fans individually and supplied to the players in order to reply to fan mail or honor autograph requests.  I could be wrong, but I don't believe the cards were ever available in complete set form.

Complete Standard Checklist:
  • Fred Andrews (auto)
  • Carroll Beringer CO
  • Tim Blackwell (auto)
  • Bob Boone (auto)
  • Larry Bowa (auto)
  • Ollie Brown (auto)
  • Warren Brusstar (auto)
  • Steve Carlton (auto)
  • Larry Christenson
  • Billy DeMars CO
  • Barry Foote
  • Gene Garber
  • Terry Harmon (auto)
  • Richie Hebner (auto)
  • Tommy Hutton
  • Dane Iorg
  • Dave Johnson
  • Jay Johnstone (auto)
  • Jim Kaat (auto)
  • Randy Lerch
  • Jim Lonborg
  • Greg Luzinski (auto)
  • Garry Maddox
  • Jerry Martin
  • Bake McBride
  • Tim McCarver
  • Tug McGraw (auto)
  • Danny Ozark MG
  • Ron Reed (auto)
  • Ray Rippelmeyer CO
  • Mike Schmidt (swinging)
  • Mike Schmidt (portrait)
  • Ted Sizemore
  • Tony Taylor CO (auto)
  • Bobby Tolan (auto)
  • Wayne Twitchell (auto)
  • Tommy Underwood (auto)
  • Bobby Wine CO (auto)
One and Done (3):  Andrews, Blackwell, Iorg
First Appearances (7):  Brusstar, Foote, Hebner, Johnson, Lerch, McBride, Sizemore
Returning Players (22):  Boone, Bowa, Brown, Carlton, Christenson, Garber, Harmon, Hutton, Johnstone, Kaat, Lonborg, Luzinski, Maddox, Martin, McCarver, McGraw, Reed, Schmidt (two versions), Tolan, Twitchell, Underwood

Your only chance of owning Phillies cards for Andrews, Blackwell and Iorg comes with this set.  The First Appearance designation is for players who have never before appeared within a Phillies team issued set.  These players may have already appeared on other Phillies baseball cards.

Manager (1):  Ozark
Coaches (5):  Beringer, DeMars, Ripplemeyer, Taylor, Wine
Phillie Phanatic (0)
Broadcasters (0)
Commemorative Cards (0)

Variations/Rarities:  I'm not aware of any variations to be found within this set.  But that doesn't mean there aren't any . . .

Trivia:  I found the cards featured here through eBay.  It was only through the awesome photos provided at The Trading Card Database for this set that I was able to identify these cards as being from 1977.  Collector Dave Sosidka uploaded the checklist and scans of all cards to the database back in 2011.  The Beckett.com database has no record of this set.

Thanks to Rick's comments, I've added three more cards to the checklist above not included on the checklist at The Trading Card Database - Foote, McBride and a Schmidt variation featuring a portrait shot.  The Foote and McBride cards would have been mid-season additions, as both were acquired in separate trades on June 15th.

Resources:  The Trading Card Database; Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2010 Phillies Team Issue - 2nd Edition


Number of Cards:  38
Card Size:  4" x 6"
Description:  The card fronts feature a red and blue tie-dyeish border around full color photos in what has to be one of the more unique designs ever for these team issued sets.  The horizontal card backs feature biographical information and complete career statistics.
How Distributed:  For the first time ever, the Phillies completely changed up the design of its team issued set mid-season.  They've done this every year since through the 2014 season.  The 38-card set was available for sale at Citizens Bank Park beginning at some point in August, following the acquisition of Roy Oswalt from the Astros.

Complete Standard Checklist:  The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
  • 2 - Sam Perlozzo CO
  • 3 - Ross Gload
  • 6 - Ryan Howard
  • 7 - Juan Castro
  • 8 - Shane Victorino
  • 9 - Domonic Brown
  • 10 - Ben Francisco
  • 11 - Jimmy Rollins
  • 15 - Davey Lopes CO
  • 16 - J.C. Romero
  • 17 - Mick Billmeyer CO
  • 19 - Greg Dobbs
  • 21 - Wilson Valdez
  • 22 - Pete Mackanin CO
  • 23 - Brian Schneider
  • 25 - Milt Thompson CO
  • 26 - Chase Utley
  • 27 - Placido Polanco
  • 28 - Jayson Werth
  • 29 - Raul Ibanez
  • 30 - Rich Dubee CO
  • 34 - Roy Halladay
  • 35 - Cole Hamels
  • 37 - Chad Durbin
  • 38 - Kyle Kendrick
  • 41 - Charlie Manuel MG
  • 43 - J.A. Happ
  • 44 - Roy Oswalt
  • 46 - Ryan Madson
  • 50 - Jamie Moyer
  • 51 - Carlos Ruiz
  • 52 - Jose Contreras
  • 54 - Brad Lidge
  • 55 - Danys Baez
  • 56 - Joe Blanton
  • 57 - David Herndon
  • 58 - Antonio Bastardo
  • Phillie Phanatic
One and Done (0)
First Appearances (3):  Brown, Oswalt, Valdez
Returning Players (27):  Baez, Bastardo, Blanton, Castro, Contreras, Dobbs, Durbin, Francisco, Gload, Halladay, Hamels, Happ, Herndon, Howard, Ibanez, Kendrick, Lidge, Madson, Moyer, Polanco, Rollins, Romero, Ruiz, Schneider, Utley, Victorino, Werth

The First Appearance designation is for players who have never before appeared within a Phillies team issued set.  These players may have already appeared on other Phillies baseball cards.

Manager (1):  Manuel
Coaches (6):  Billmeyer, Dubee, Lopes, Mackanin, Perlozzo, Thompson
Phillie Phanatic (1)
Broadcasters (0)
Commemorative Cards (0)

Variations/Rarities:  As pointed out in a comment to an earlier post, Phillies collector Steve has noted the existence of late/off season cards for pitcher Scott Mathieson.  I recently added the Mathieson card to my collection and it has the Phillies logo on the back and a 2011 copyright date.
  • 47 - Scott Mathieson
Steve also notes the existence of a blank-backed Victorino card.

Also See:  Here's the set summary for the first edition set, and here's my original post from August 27, 2010, covering the release of this second edition set.
Trivia:  The Phillies dropped the broadcasters' card found in the first edition and added cards for Brown, Oswalt and Valdez to the second edition.  Other than those moves, the checklists for the two editions are identical.  Strangely enough, Happ is still in the set even though he was one of the players traded to the Astros in the Oswalt deal.  Castro is also in the set again, despite having been released in July a few weeks prior to Brown's promotion and the acquisition of Oswalt.
Resources:  The Trading Card Database

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2010 Phillies Team Issue - 1st Edition


Number of Cards:  36
Card Size:  4" x 6"
Description:  The card fronts feature full color photos from spring training with the players' names, position and number on the bottom in gray metallic-looking letters over a red band.  The horizontal card backs feature biographical information and complete career statistics.
How Distributed:  The original 36-card set was available at Citizens Bank Park throughout the first half of season.  In an unprecedented move, the Phillies released a completely different set, with a completely different design, in the second half of the season.

Complete Standard Checklist:  The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
  • 30 - Rich Dubee CO
  • 34 - Roy Halladay
  • 35 - Cole Hamels
  • 37 - Chad Durbin
  • 38 - Kyle Kendrick
  • 41 - Charlie Manuel MG
  • 43 - J.A. Happ
  • 46 - Ryan Madson
  • 50 - Jamie Moyer
  • 51 - Carlos Ruiz
  • 52 - Jose Contreras
  • 54 - Brad Lidge
  • 55 - Danys Baez
  • 56 - Joe Blanton
  • 57 - David Herndon
  • 58 - Antonio Bastardo
  • Phillie Phanatic
  • Phillies Broadcasters
One and Done (0)
First Appearances (8):  Baez, Bastardo, Castro, Contreras, Gload, Halladay, Herndon, Schneider
Returning Players (19):  Blanton, Dobbs, Durbin, Francisco, Hamels, Happ, Howard, Ibanez, Kendrick, Lidge,  Madson, Moyer, Polanco, Rollins, Romero, Ruiz, Utley, Victorino, Werth

The First Appearance designation is for players who have never before appeared within a Phillies team issued set.  These players may have already appeared on other Phillies baseball cards.  (I'm not including the relatively rare late 2009/early 2010 cards available for Halladay or Schneider as their first appearances.)

Manager (1):  Manuel
Coaches (6):  Billmeyer, Dubee, Lopes, Mackanin, Perlozzo, Thompson
Phillie Phanatic (1):  Keeping with the theme of the rest of the set, the Phanatic is also shown in a photo from spring training in Clearwater.
Broadcasters (1):  Jim Jackson joined the broadcasters' crew in 2010, and he's joined on this card by Gary Matthews, Larry Andersen, Scott Franzke, Tom McCarthy and Chris Wheeler.
Commemorative Cards (0)

Variations/Rarities:  I'm not aware of any variations available from this set.

Also See:  I'll eventually link to the second edition set here.
Trivia:  Beckett.com does not include this set or the second edition set in its online database.  The second edition set can be found at The Trading Card Database.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Official Phillies Arrivals and a Departure

2014 Chachi Departures #4
2014 Chachi New Additions #2
2014 Chachi New Additions #3
As I'm writing this, Jimmy Rollins is officially still a member of the Phillies . . .

Before the inevitable happens and that deal becomes official, I wanted to take a quick look at the other guys who came and went last week.  I have to admit, none of these moves are overly exciting to me but I'm hoping that the Phillies powers that be have an inkling of what they're doing and that these moves are the first steps to getting the team back to its winning ways.

Bastardo Traded to the Pirates

On Wednesday, at right around the same time the Rollins deal was going down, the Phillies traded left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo to the Pirates for left-handed pitcher Joely Rodriguez.  Bastardo had earned the ire of Phillies fans over the past few years with his inconsistent pitching and ability to come into a crucial relief situation and douse the flames with gasoline.

I only have 18 of Bastardo's cards in my collection, which is odd considering he's been bouncing around with the Phillies since 2009.  Such is the fate of a non-closing relief pitcher in today's baseball card world.

Rodriguez is 23 years old and has pitched in the Pirates system since 2009.  He pitched for Double-A Altoona last year, going 6-11 with a 4.84 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 134 innings pitched.  It doesn't appear as if he's had any mainstream baseball cards to date.  Rodriguez isn't on the team's 40-man roster, so he won't be appearing on a Chachi card just yet.

Phillies Select Two in Rule 5 Draft

The Phillies have always been active in the annual Rule 5 draft, and this year's draft was no exception.  They first claimed infielder/outfielder Odubel Herrera from the Texas Rangers and shortly after selected pitcher Andy Oliver from the Pirates.  Both need to remain on the active roster all season, or be offered back to their former teams.

Herrera is already being mentioned as the team's starting center fielder in 2015, hopefully providing a little more offensive punch than Ben Revere did in 2014.  Based on my limited research, Herrera doesn't have any mainstream baseball cards yet.

Oliver has actually seen time in the Majors with the Tigers in 2010 and 2011 and he was traded to the Pirates in late 2012.  With Triple-A Indianapolis last season, Oliver pitched 64 innings over 48 games with a 2.53 ERA.  He had several Topps baseball cards in 2010, including appearances in Bowman Chrome and Topps Update.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

1970 to 1979 Phillies Photocards Want List

1971 Phillies Photocards
1970 Phillies Photocards (position listed on cards)
  • Larry Bowa
  • John Briggs
  • Byron Browne
  • Jim Bunning
  • Bill Champion
  • Mike Compton
  • Billy DeMars CO
  • Denny Doyle
  • Doc Edwards CO (with hat)
  • Doc Edwards CO (without hat)
  • Woodie Fryman
  • Oscar Gamble
  • Terry Harmon
  • Larry Hisle
  • Joe Hoerner
  • Jim Hutto
  • Grant Jackson
  • Deron Johnson
  • Rick Joseph
  • Bill Laxton
  • Barry Lersch
  • Joe Lis
  • Frank Lucchesi MG
  • Greg Luzinski
  • Tim McCarver
  • Don Money
  • George Myatt CO
  • Lowell Palmer
  • Sammy Parrilla
  • Scott Reid
  • Ken Reynolds
  • Ray Rippelmeyer CO
  • Mike Ryan
  • Dick Selma
  • Chris Short
  • Ron Stone
  • Tony Taylor
  • Fred Wenz
  • Billy Wilson
  • Rick Wise
1971 Phillies Photocards
  • Larry Bowa
  • Darrell Brandon
  • Byron Browne
  • Jim Bunning
  • Bill Champion
  • Denny Doyle
  • Doc Edwards CO
  • Roger Freed
  • Woodie Fryman
  • Oscar Gamble
  • Terry Harmon
  • Larry Hisle
  • Joe Hoerner
  • Deron Johnson
  • Pete Koegel
  • Barry Lersch
  • Joe Lis
  • Frank Lucchesi MG
  • Greg Luzinski
  • Tim McCarver
  • Don Money
  • Willie Montanez
  • Bob Pfeil
  • Ken Reynolds
  • Mike Ryan
  • Dick Selma
  • Chris Short
  • Ron Stone
  • Tony Taylor
  • John Vukovich
  • Billy Wilson
  • Rick Wise
1972 Phillies Photocards

Need All

1973 Phillies Photocards
  • Mike Anderson
  • Carroll Berringer CO
  • Bob Boone
  • Larry Bowa
  • Darrell Brandon
  • Ken Brett
  • Steve Carlton
  • Larry Christenson
  • George Culver
  • Billy DeMars CO
  • Ron Diorio
  • Denny Doyle
  • Jim Essian
  • Billy Grabarkewitz
  • Terry Harmon
  • Tom Hutton
  • Deron Johnson
  • Barry Lersch
  • Jim Lonborg
  • Greg Luzinski
  • Willie Montanez
  • Danny Ozark MG
  • Jose Pagan
  • Ray Rippelmeyer CO
  • Bill Robinson (portrait, not smiling)
  • Bill Robinson (shoulder visible, smiling)
  • Craig Robinson
  • Mike Rogodzinski
  • Dick Ruthven
  • Mike Ryan
  • Mac Scarce
  • Mike Schmidt
  • Dick Selma
  • Cesar Tovar
  • Cesar Tovar (closer cropped, less hair)
  • Wayne Twitchell (smiling)
  • Wayne Twitchell (not smiling)
  • Del Unser
  • Mike Wallace
  • Billy Wilson
  • Bobby Wine CO
1974 Phillies Photocards

Need All

1975 Phillies Photocards
  • Cy Acosta (auto)
  • Dick Allen
  • Mike Anderson
  • Alan Bannister (auto)
  • Carroll Beringer CO (auto)
  • Bob Boone (auto)
  • Larry Bowa
  • Ollie Brown (auto)
  • Steve Carlton
  • Dave Cash (auto)
  • Larry Christenson (auto)
  • Larry Cox (auto)
  • Billy DeMars CO (auto)
  • Jim Essian (auto)
  • Gene Garber
  • Don Hahn
  • Terry Harmon
  • Tom Hilgendorf
  • Joe Hoerner
  • Tommy Hutton
  • Jay Johnstone
  • Jay Johnstone (kneeling)
  • Jim Lonborg
  • Greg Luzinski
  • Garry Maddox (auto)
  • Jerry Martin
  • Tim McCarver
  • Tug McGraw
  • Willie Montanez (auto)
  • John Oates
  • Danny Ozark MG (auto)
  • Ray Rippelmeyer CO (auto)
  • Mike Rogodzinski
  • Dick Ruthven
  • Mike Schmidt
  • Ron Schueler (auto)
  • Tony Taylor CO
  • Wayne Twitchell
  • Tom Underwood (auto)
  • Bobby Wine CO (auto)
1976 Phillies Photocards

Need All

1977 Phillies Photocards
  • Fred Andrews (auto)
  • Carroll Beringer CO
  • Tim Blackwell (auto)
  • Bob Boone (auto)
  • Larry Bowa (auto)
  • Ollie Brown (auto)
  • Warren Brusstar (auto)
  • Steve Carlton (auto)
  • Larry Christenson
  • Billy DeMars CO
  • Barry Foote
  • Gene Garber
  • Terry Harmon (auto)
  • Richie Hebner (auto)
  • Tommy Hutton
  • Dane Iorg
  • Dave Johnson
  • Jay Johnstone (auto)
  • Jim Kaat (auto)
  • Randy Lerch
  • Jim Lonborg
  • Greg Luzinski (auto)
  • Garry Maddox
  • Jerry Martin
  • Bake McBride
  • Tim McCarver
  • Tug McGraw (auto)
  • Danny Ozark MG
  • Ron Reed (auto)
  • Ray Rippelmeyer CO
  • Mike Schmidt (swinging)
  • Mike Schmidt (portrait)
  • Ted Sizemore
  • Tony Taylor CO (auto)
  • Bobby Tolan (auto)
  • Wayne Twitchell (auto)
  • Tommy Underwood (auto)
  • Bobby Wine CO (auto)
1978 Phillies Photocards
  • Carroll Beringer CO
  • Bob Boone (auto)
  • Larry Bowa (auto)
  • Warren Brusstar
  • Jose Cardenal (auto)
  • Steve Carlton (auto)
  • Larry Christenson
  • Billy DeMars CO
  • Rawly Eastwick
  • Barry Foote
  • Gene Garber
  • Bud Harrelson
  • Richie Hebner (auto)
  • Dave Johnson (auto)
  • Jay Johnstone (auto)
  • Jim Kaat (auto)
  • Randy Lerch
  • Jim Lonborg
  • Greg Luzinski (auto)
  • Garry Maddox (auto)
  • Jerry Martin
  • Bake McBride (auto)
  • Tim McCarver
  • Tug McGraw
  • Jim Morrison
  • Danny Ozark MG (auto)
  • Ron Reed
  • Ray Rippelmeyer
  • Dick Ruthven
  • Mike Schmidt
  • Ted Sizemore (auto)
  • Tony Taylor CO (auto)
  • Bobby Wine CO (auto)
1979 Phillies Photocards
  • Ramon Aviles
  • Doug Bird
  • Bob Boone (auto)
  • Larry Bowa (auto)
  • Warren Brusstar
  • Jose Cardenal
  • Steve Carlton (auto)
  • Larry Christenson
  • Rawly Eastwick (auto)
  • Nino Espinosa (auto)
  • Greg Gross
  • Bud Harrelson
  • Jim Kaat (auto)
  • Randy Lerch
  • Jim Lonborg
  • Greg Luzinski (auto)
  • Pete Mackanin (auto)
  • Garry Maddox (auto)
  • Bake McBride (auto)
  • Tim McCarver
  • Tug McGraw (auto)
  • Rudy Meoli (auto)
  • Dickie Noles
  • Danny Ozark MG (auto)
  • Dave Rader
  • Ron Reed (auto)
  • Pete Rose (auto)
  • Dick Ruthven (auto)
  • Kevin Saucier
  • Mike Schmidt
  • Lonnie Smith (auto)
  • Herm Starrette CO (auto)
  • Tony Taylor CO (auto)
  • Bobby Tiefenauer CO (auto)
  • Manny Trillo (portrait)
  • Manny Trillo (action)
  • Del Unser
  • Bobby Wine CO (auto)

Friday, December 12, 2014

1980 Phillies Photocards


Number of Cards:  38
Card Size:  3 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Description:  As was the case with all Phillies photocards issued since 1970, these cards feature a black and white photo with the players' name below.  The backs of the cards are blank and there's no indication on the cards themselves that they're from 1980.  Some of the cards contain blue facsimile autographs, as noted on the checklist below.  One way to tell if the photocard is from 1980 is the fact that these are the only photocards from this era on which the majority of the players' names aren't all in all capital letters.  I've listed below those few cards on which the player's name is in all capitals.  (Thanks to Phillies collector Rick and his scanned checklist below.)

How Distributed:  The cards were handed out to fans individually and supplied to the players in order to reply to fan mail or honor autograph requests.  I could be wrong, but I don't believe the cards were ever available in complete set form.

It should be noted that the Christenson card from this set in my collection (shown here) features an actual autograph.  The original Christenson card was distributed without an autograph.

Complete Standard Checklist:
  • Luis Aguayo
  • Ruben Amaro CO
  • Ramon Aviles (capitals)
  • Bob Boone
  • Larry Bowa
  • Warren Brusstar
  • Steve Carlton
  • Larry Christenson
  • Billy DeMars CO (auto)
  • Lee Elia CO (auto)
  • Nino Espinosa
  • Dallas Green MG (auto)
  • Greg Gross
  • Lerrin LaGrow (auto)
  • Dan Larson (capitals)
  • Randy Lerch
  • Greg Luzinski
  • Garry Maddox (auto)
  • Bake McBride (auto)
  • Tug McGraw (auto)
  • Keith Moreland (auto)
  • Scott Munninghoff
  • Dickie Noles (auto)
  • Ron Reed
  • Pete Rose (batting, auto)
  • Pete Rose (portrait, auto, capitals)
  • Dick Ruthven (auto)
  • Mike Ryan CO
  • Kevin Saucier
  • Mike Schmidt
  • Lonnie Smith (auto)
  • Herm Starrette CO (auto)
  • Manny Trillo
  • Del Unser
  • George Vukovich
  • John Vukovich
  • Bob Walk (capitals)
  • Bobby Wine CO
One and Done (3):  LaGrow, Larson, Munninghoff
First Appearances (4):  Aguayo, Moreland, G. Vukovich, Walk
Returning Players (24):  Aviles, Boone, Bowa, Brusstar, Carlton, Christenson, Espinosa, Gross, Lerch, Luzinski, Maddox, McBride, McGraw, Noles, Reed, Rose (2 versions), Ruthven, Saucier, Schmidt, Smith, Trillo, Unser, J. Vukovich

Not to sound like too much of a weirdo, but the seven-year-old me would have loved to have added Munninghoff's card to my collection.  He was one of those guys who was in the prospect section of the yearbook and no one in my little circle of young Phillies fans had any idea who he was.  The First Appearance designation is for players who have never before appeared within a Phillies team issued set.  These players may have already appeared on other Phillies baseball cards.

Manager (1):  Green
Coaches (6):  Amaro, DeMars, Elia, Ryan, Starrette, Wine
Phillie Phanatic (0)
Broadcasters (0)
Commemorative Cards (0)

Variations/Rarities:  Phillies collector Rick sent me a scan of his checklist for this set (see right) which allowed me to update the checklist above for several available variations.  Cards for McBride and Noles can be found both with and without facsimile autographs.

There are also two versions of the Rose card.  One has a portrait of Rose and the other shows him batting.  I'm not sure which is more prevalent than the other, so I've listed them both above as part of the main checklist.
  • Bake McBride (no auto)
  • Dickie Noles (no auto)
Also See:  When this little mini project of mine is all over, I need to go back and revise several previous Missing Links posts.  Here's my Missing Links post for the 1980 Phillies.  Also, before I realized LaGrow had a card in this set, I gave him what I thought was his first Phillies card here.

Trivia:  I found the cards featured here through eBay.  It was only through the awesome photos provided at The Trading Card Database for this set that I was able to identify these cards as being from 1980.  Collector Dave Sosidka uploaded the checklist and scans of all cards to the database back in 2011.  However, The Trading Card Database entry for this set omits the card for Munninghoff and the portrait version of Rose's card.

The Beckett database entry for this set lists the set as "Phillies Postcards" and omits the cards for Maddox, Noles, John Vukovich and the second Rose card.

Resources:  The Trading Card Database; Beckett.com; Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happy Birthday Doug!


It's hard to believe, but Doug turns eight today!

I'm convinced that our township is secretly plotting against me since they placed Doug on the Braves last season and on the Marlins this past spring.  If he somehow ends up on the Mets for the 2015 season, I'm going to need to come to terms with not only having a Mets hat in my house but having to root for the Mets (at least the Little League version) throughout the baseball season.

In any event, I continue to be amazed by this terrific kid and I'm so proud to be his Dad.

Happy birthday Doug!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

#ThanksJRoll


Still a little shocked and out of town for a few more days.  Much more to come . . .

2009 Phillies Team Issue


Number of Cards:  41
Card Size:  4" x 6"
Description:  The Phillies went with black borders for the first time ever.  The cards have a very basic design featuring the team logo and the player's number, name and position in a digital font.  Other than the 2008 World Champions card, which is my all-time favorite card from a team issued set, there's no indication that the Phillies had won the World Championship in 2008 on the cards themselves.  The horizontal card backs feature biographical information and complete career statistics.

How Distributed:  The original 37-card set was available at Citizens Bank Park throughout the first half of season.  Following the signing of Pedro Martinez on July 15th and the acquisition of Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco on July 29th, cards of Martinez, Lee and Francisco, along with back-up catcher Paul Bako, were inserted into the set.  With the addition of these four cards to the update set, five cards available from the original set were removed - the 2008 World Champions card, along with the cards for Coste, Gradoville, Jenkins and Paulino.

Complete Standard Checklist (37):  The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
  • 2008 World Champions
  • 2 - Sam Perlozzo CO
  • 4 - Eric Bruntlett
  • 6 - Ryan Howard
  • 7 - Pedro Feliz
  • 8 - Shane Victorino
  • 10 - Geoff Jenkins
  • 11 - Jimmy Rollins
  • 12 - Matt Stairs
  • 15 - Davey Lopes CO
  • 16 - J.C. Romero
  • 17 - Mick Billmeyer CO
  • 19 - Greg Dobbs
  • 23 - Ronny Paulino
  • 25 - Milt Thompson CO
  • 26 - Chase Utley
  • 27 - Chris Coste
  • 28 - Jayson Werth
  • 29 - Raul Ibanez
  • 30 - Rich Dubee CO
  • 35 - Cole Hamels
  • 37 - Chad Durbin
  • 39 - Brett Myers
  • 41 - Charlie Manuel MG
  • 43 - J.A. Happ
  • 45 - Pete Mackanin CO
  • 46 - Ryan Madson
  • 47 - Scott Eyre
  • 50 - Jamie Moyer
  • 51 - Carlos Ruiz
  • 54 - Brad Lidge
  • 55 - Clay Condrey
  • 56 - Joe Blanton
  • 60 - Tim Gradoville CO
  • 61 - Chan Ho Park
  • Phillie Phanatic
  • Phillies Broadcasters
Complete Update Checklist (4):
  • 10 - Ben Francisco
  • 23 - Paul Bako
One and Done (1):  Bako
First Appearances (8):  Eyre, Francisco, Ibanez, Lee, Martinez, Park, Paulino, Stairs
Returning Players (21):  Blanton, Bruntlett, Condrey, Coste, Dobbs, Durbin, Feliz, Hamels, Happ, Howard, Jenkins, Lidge, Madson, Moyer, Myers, Rollins, Romero, Ruiz, Utley, Victorino, Werth

Bako wrapped up his 12-year career playing 44 games with the Phillies in 2009.  His card in this set in his sole Phillies baseball card.  Paulino was traded on March 27th to the Giants for Jack Taschner, and never appeared in a game for the Phillies.  He has a second Phillies card in the 2009 Topps Heritage set.

The First Appearance designation is for players who have never before appeared within a Phillies team issued set.  These players may have already appeared on other Phillies baseball cards.  (I'm not counting the semi-rare Matt Stairs card from 2008 as his official first appearance.)

Manager (1):  Manuel
Coaches (7):  Billmeyer, Dubee, Gradoville, Lopes, Mackanin, Perlozzo, Thompson
Phillie Phanatic (1):  The Phanatic is shown atop the dugout is his alternate day uniform.
Broadcasters (1):  Harry Kalas, who passed away on April 13, 2009, is joined on this card by Tom McCarthey, Gary Matthews, Chris Wheeler, Larry Andersen and Scott Franzke.
Commemorative Cards (1):  2008 World Champions

The 2008 World Champions card (see below) features Hamels, Utley, Howard, Rollins, Lidge, Manuel, Madson, Victorino, Werth, Myers, Ruiz and Moyer decked out in tuxedos with red bow ties flanking the World Series trophy.  Gradoville is listed above with the coaches, but he was actually the team's bullpen catcher.

Variations/Rarities:  14,000 Phillies featured a post a few years ago containing a Jayson Werth card I had never seen before.  The card was distributed to kids participating in the team's annual Home Run Derby competition and contains a purple facsimile autograph and the Home Run Derby logo.  The card uses a different photo than Werth's regular team issued card.

And as pointed out in a comment from Steve F. in an earlier post, a card was issued for Placido Polanco in the style of the 2009 team issued set.  Polanco was signed as a free agent on December 3rd.

Finally, Rick adds a number of other rarities available in the design of this set in his comment below.  Of most interest to me personally is the blank backed Roy Halladay card, which would be his first official Phillies card.
  • 3 - Lou Marson (2008 statistics on back)
  • 4 - Kyle Drabek (Reading Phillies)
  • 23 - Brian Schneider (blank back)
  • 27 - Placido Polanco (blank back)
  • 28 - Jayson Werth (Home Run Derby)
  • 34 - Roy Halladay (blank back)
  • 40 - Michael Taylor (Reading Phillies)
Rick adds cards are available for the following with a 2010 copyright date and a 2009 National League Champions indication on the backs:  Durbin, Hamels, Happ, Lidge, Madson and Rollins.

Also See:  Here's my original post from August 31, 2009, covering the discovery of the updated team issued set.
Trivia:  Beckett.com has no record of this set in its database, and the checklist at The Trading Card Database omits the four update cards.
Resources:  The Trading Card Database; Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2008 Phillies Team Issue


Number of Cards:  39
Card Size:  4" x 6"
Description:  Full color action photos are featured overtop a gold tinted background.  The Citizens Bank Park logo makes an appearance on the card fronts for the second year in a row and Jimmy Rollins' card contains a golden logo marking his 2007 N.L. MVP win.

The set features a blank-backed header card with a photo of Chase Utley fist bumping a young fan and the declaration that a portion of the proceeds received from the sale of the set would benefit The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  (This was a nice gesture, and it's odd that this is the first and last year - at least publicly - that the Phillies have done this.)  The horizontal card backs feature biographical information and complete career statistics.

How Distributed:  The original 37-card set was available at Citizens Bank Park throughout the first half of season.  Following the acquisition of Joe Blanton on August 3rd, cards of Blanton and J.A. Happ were inserted into the set.  The only way to add the two update cards was to purchase the complete set at the ballpark, which included all 37 cards found in the originally released set.

Complete Standard Checklist (37):  The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
  • Header Card with Chase Utley
  • 2 - Steve Smith CO
  • 4 - Eric Bruntlett
  • 5 - Pat Burrell
  • 6 - Ryan Howard
  • 7 - Pedro Feliz
  • 8 - Shane Victorino
  • 9 - Chris Snelling
  • 10 - Geoff Jenkins
  • 11 - Jimmy Rollins
  • 15 - Davey Lopes CO
  • 16 - J.C. Romero
  • 17 - Mick Billmeyer CO
  • 19 - Greg Dobbs
  • 21 - Adam Eaton
  • 22 - Jimy Williams CO
  • 25 - Milt Thompson CO
  • 26 - Chase Utley
  • 27 - Chris Coste
  • 28 - Jayson Werth
  • 30 - Rich Dubee CO
  • 31 - Ramon Henderson CO
  • 35 - Cole Hamels
  • 37 - Chad Durbin
  • 38 - Kyle Kendrick
  • 39 - Brett Myers
  • 41 - Charlie Manuel MG
  • 45 - Tom Gordon
  • 50 - Jamie Moyer
  • 51 - Carlos Ruiz
  • 54 - Brad Lidge
  • 55 - Clay Condrey
  • 57 - Rudy Seanez
  • 63 - Ryan Madson
  • 99 - So Taguchi
  • Phillie Phanatic
  • Phillies Broadcasters
Complete Update Checklist (2):
  • 43 - J.A. Happ
  • 56 - Joe Blanton
One and Done (1):  Seanez
First Appearances (10):  Blanton, Bruntlett, Condrey, Durbin, Feliz, Jenkins, Happ, Kendrick, Lidge, Snelling, Taguchi
Returning Players (17):  Burrell, Coste, Dobbs, Eaton, Gordon, Hamels, Howard, Kendrick, Madson, Moyer, Myers, Rollins, Romero, Ruiz, Utley, Victorino, Werth

Seanez appeared pitched in 42 games for the eventual World Champions, and his only Phillies baseball card can be found within this set.

The First Appearance designation is for players who have never before appeared within a Phillies team issued set.  These players may have already appeared on other Phillies baseball cards.  I'm not counting the semi-rare cards of Jenkins and Lidge, available in the style of the 2007 Phillies Team Issue set, as their official first appearances.

Manager (1):  Manuel
Coaches (7):  Billmeyer, Dubee, Henderson, Lopes, Smith, Thompson, Williams
Phillie Phanatic (1)
Broadcasters (1):  Tom McCarthy returned to the Phillies in 2008, and he's joined on this card by Gary Matthews, Chris Wheeler, Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen and Harry Kalas.
Commemorative Cards (0)
Other Cards (1):  Header Card with Utley

Variations/Rarities:  As pointed out in a comment from Steve F. in an earlier post, late season addition Matt Stairs received a card in the style of this set.  Stairs was acquired from the Blue Jays on August 30th.

And per Rick's comment, cards were created for a special meet and greet with minor league player and pitcher of the year - Lou Marson and J.A. Happ, respectively.  The cards are blank backed and feature the players in their minor league uniforms.
  • 3 - Lou Marson (Reading Phillies)
  • 12 - Matt Stairs
  • 43 - J.A. Happ (Lehigh Valley IronPigs)
Also See:  Beginning in 2008, the Phillies began the practice of issuing a small set of postcards to fans attending the game on Fan Appreciation Day.  These sets feature highlights and popular players from the past season.  A seven card set was issued in 2008, and I'd like to take a look at these postcard sets once I wrap up my overall series of posts on the main team issued sets.
Trivia:  To date, the only World Series game I've ever attended was Game 3 of the 2008 World Series.  Photographic proof can be found within this post.
Resources:  The Trading Card Database; Phillies collectors Steve and Rick (@rickphils)

Monday, December 8, 2014

2007 Phillies Team Issue


Number of Cards:  42
Card Size:  4" x 6"
Description:  Full color photos are surrounded by a blue border (for pitchers) or a red border (for everyone else) with the player's name featured prominently in blue or red at the top of each card.  The Citizens Bank Park logo can be found in one of the four corners on the fronts.  Ryan Howard's card contains a gold badge commemorating his 2006 N.L. MVP win.  The horizontal card backs feature biographical information and complete career statistics.

How Distributed:  The original 36-card set was available for sale at Citizens Bank Park throughout the first half of the season.  As pointed out in comments to this post from Steve and Rick (and completely unbeknownst to me) there were six more cards issued as either part of an update set or (perhaps in the case of the cards for Michael Bourn and Francisco Rosario) an extension of the originally issued set.

Complete Standard Checklist (36):  The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
  • 2 - Rod Barajas
  • 3 - Abraham Nunez
  • 5 - Pat Burrell
  • 6 - Ryan Howard (with MVP logo)
  • 7 - Steve Smith CO
  • 8 - Shane Victorino
  • 10 - Karim Garcia
  • 11 - Jimmy Rollins
  • 15 - Davey Lopes CO
  • 17 - Mick Billmeyer CO
  • 18 - Wes Helms
  • 19 - Greg Dobbs
  • 21 - Jon Lieber
  • 22 - Jimy Williams CO
  • 23 - Adam Eaton
  • 25 - Milt Thompson CO
  • 26 - Chase Utley
  • 27 - Chris Coste
  • 28 - Jayson Werth
  • 30 - Rich Dubee CO
  • 31 - Ramon Henderson CO
  • 33 - Aaron Rowand
  • 34 - Freddy Garcia
  • 35 - Cole Hamels
  • 39 - Brett Myers
  • 40 - Matt Smith
  • 41 - Charlie Manuel MG
  • 45 - Tom Gordon
  • 50 - Jamie Moyer
  • 51 - Carlos Ruiz
  • 52 - Fabio Castro
  • 56 - Geoff Geary
  • 57 - Antonio Alfonseca
  • 63 - Ryan Madson
  • Phillie Phanatic
  • Phillies Broadcasters
Complete Update Checklist (6):
  • 6 - Ryan Howard (no MVP logo)
  • 9 - Michael Bourn
  • 16 - J.C. Romero
  • 38 - Kyle Kendrick
  • 49 - Jose Mesa
  • 54 - Francisco Rosario
  • 59 - Mike Zagurski
Steve points out in his comment that the update set pulled the cards for Castro, F. Garcia, K. Garcia, the Howard MVP card, Lieber and M. Smith.

One and Done (1):  K. Garcia
First Appearances (17):  Alfonseca, Barajas, Bourn, Castro, Coste, Dobbs, Eaton, F. Garcia, Helms, Kendrick, Moyer, Romero, Rosario, Ruiz, M. Smith, Werth, Zagurski
Returning Players (14):  Burrell, Geary, Gordon, Hamels, Howard, Lieber, Madson, Mesa, Myers, Nunez, Rollins, Rowand, Utley, Victorino

Karim Garcia was released prior to the start of the season and never suited up with the Phillies.  The First Appearance designation is for players who have never before appeared within a Phillies team issued set.  These players may have already appeared on other Phillies baseball cards.

Manager (1):  Manuel
Coaches (7):  Billmeyer, Dubee, Henderson, Lopes, S. Smith, Thompson, Williams
Phillie Phanatic (1):  This is one of the strangest Phanatic cards from all the team issued sets.  The card is horizontal and someone played picture putty with the fans in the background of the photo to create a multi-colored psychedelic design.
Broadcasters (1):  Scott Graham got the boot and was replaced by Gary Matthews in the booth.  Sarge is joined on this card by Harry Kalas, Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen and Chris Wheeler.
Commemorative Cards (0)

Variations/Rarities:  As pointed out in a comment to an earlier post by Steve F., Geoff Jenkins and Brad Lidge had cards designed in the style of the 2007 Phillies Team Issue set.  Both Jenkins and Lidge were acquired prior to the 2008 season.  Rick adds that there are cards with facsimile autographs for Burrell, Howard, Rollins and Utley.
  • 10 - Geoff Jenkins
  • 54 - Brad Lidge
Also See:  The Phillies and Upper Deck gave away a pack of baseball cards on Alumni Night featuring 25 regular cards and 10 "Vintage" cards featuring Phillies alumni.  The alumni cards only came one per pack, making them much harder to track down.
Trivia:  There's no record of this set on Beckett.com or on any other online resources.
Resources:  Phillies collector Steve F. and Rick (@rickphils)