Friday, October 31, 2014

1990 Phillies Team Issue


Number of Cards:  45
Card Size:  4 1/8" x 6"
Description:  For the second year in a row, the card fronts feature an action photo with the player's, coach's or manager's name in a red band with white text.  The card backs feature biographical information along with complete career statistics.  The set is sponsor-less, as Tastykake sponsored its final set in 1989 and the Medford Food Company wouldn't come along as the new sponsor until 1991.

How Distributed:  It took me years to track down this set, and I finally found one in late September at The Philly Show.  The dealer I bought the set from told me these cards were never sold in complete set form and that he had hand-collated the entire 1990 set.  According to him, the cards were distributed four or five at a time throughout the season at Veterans Stadium.  An eight-card update set was produced very late in the season, featuring what was most likely Dale Murphy's first Phillies baseball card.  Murphy was acquired from the Braves on August 3rd.

Complete Standard Checklist (37):  The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
  • 4 - Lenny Dykstra
  • 6 - Sil Campusano
  • 8 - Charlie Hayes
  • 9 - Von Hayes
  • 10 - Darren Daulton
  • 11 - John Kruk
  • 13 - Roger McDowell
  • 15 - Dave Hollins
  • 16 - Nick Leyva MG
  • 17 - Ricky Jordan
  • 21 - Dickie Thon
  • 23 - Randy Ready
  • 24 - Carmelo Martinez
  • 25 - Steve Lake
  • 26 - Ron Jones
  • 27 - Curt Ford
  • 28 - Tom Herr
  • 31 - Jim Vatcher
  • 35 - Darrel Akerfelds
  • 37 - Rod Booker
  • 38 - Pat Combs
  • 39 - Dennis Cook
  • 42 - Don Carman
  • 43 - Ken Howell
  • 45 - Terry Mulholland
  • 47 - Bruce Ruffin
  • 49 - Jeff Parrett
  • 51 - Chuck McElroy
  • 54 - Jason Grimsley
  • 1 - Richie Ashburn RET
  • 20 - Mike Schmidt RET
  • 32 - Steve Carlton RET
  • 36 - Robin Roberts RET
  • Phillie Phanatic
  • Phillies Coaches
  • Phillies Broadcasters
  • PRISM Broadcasters
Complete Update Checklist (8):
  • 3 - Dale Murphy
  • 30 - Joe Boever
  • 34 - Dickie Noles
  • 46 - Brad Moore
  • 48 - Marvin Freeman
  • 49 - Tommy Greene
  • 53 - Chuck Malone
  • 54 - Jose DeJesus
One and Done (0)
First Appearances (15):  Akerfelds, Boever, Booker, Campusano, Combs, DeJesus, Freeman, Greene, Grimsley, Hollins, Malone, Martinez, McElroy, Murphy, Vatcher
Returning Players (21):  Carman, Cook, Daulton, Dykstra, Ford, C. Hayes, V. Hayes, Herr, Howell, Jones, Jordan, Kruk, Lake, McDowell, Moore, Mulholland, Noles, Parrett, Ready, Ruffin, Thon

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):  Leyva
Coaches (1):  The coach's card features Larry Bowa, Darold Knowles, Hal Lanier, Denis Menke, Mike Ryan and John Vukovich.
Phillie Phanatic (1):  The Phanatic returns after a one year absence.  The photo used pictures him atop the Phillies dugout.
Broadcasters (2):  The core TV/radio broadcast team of Richie Ashburn, Harry Kalas, Andy Musser and Chris Wheeler are featured on a card.  The PRISM broadcast team of Jim Barniak, Garry Maddox and Mike Schmidt are featured on another.
Commemorative Cards (4):  Ashburn, Carlton, Roberts and Schmidt

Schmidt's #20 was retired in a pre-game ceremony on May 26th, and cards of the four players to have their numbers retired - Ashburn, Roberts, Carlton and Schmidt - are included in the set.  Also of interest is Schmidt's first card as a broadcaster, featuring him with his fellow PRISM broadcasters.  Schmidt's first stint as a broadcaster lasted just the one season.

For those of you not in the Philadelphia area, PRISM was the Philadelphia-based HBO equivalent that broadcast a handful of Phillies games every year between 1976 and 1997.

Variations/Rarities:  I'm not aware of any, although my want list for years included only 44 cards.  It seems as if most published checklists of the set omit the Vatcher card.

Also See:  The Mysterious Jim Vatcher Card
Trivia:  The Beckett database incorrectly lists the set as "1990 Phillies Tastykake" even through the Tastykake logo or name is nowhere to be found on the set.  The Beckett database also omits the eight update cards.  The 2001 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards lists the set at "1990 Phillies Photocards," and omits the Vatcher card from the main set.
Resources:  Beckett.com

Thursday, October 30, 2014

1989 Tastykake Phillies


Number of Cards:  46
Card Size:  4 1/8" x 6"
Description:  The Phillies came up with this card design . . . and then took the next six years off.  The 1989 to 1995 team issued sets are all identical in design, containing the player's, coach's or manager's name in a red band with white text.  The card backs feature biographical information along with complete career statistics.  This set is notable as it's the last set (to date) to be sponsored by Tastykake.

How Distributed:  A 32-card set was given away to all fans on May 13, 1989 at Veterans Stadium and a 37-card set was available for sale at the ballpark throughout the season.  Both sets contain identical photos, but the 32-card giveaway set cards feature a darker tint and are not as vibrant as their 37-card counterparts.  The 32-card sets can be found in uncut sheets and thanks to fellow collector Rick, I recently added these cards to my collection via an eBay auction.  As (I believe) the 37-card set is more prevalent, I've listed the stadium giveaway 32-card set (and its variations) under the Variations/Rarities section below.

Given the ton of roster moves made by the club in the first half of the season, a nine-card update set was issued and available for purchase at souvenir stands throughout the Vet.  This was the second year in a row that a nine-card update set was released.

Complete Standard Checklist (37):  The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
  • Header/Sponsor Card
  • 2 - Larry Bowa CO
  • 3 - Darold Knowles CO
  • 4 - Denis Menke CO
  • 5 - Mike Ryan CO
  • 6 - Dwayne Murphy
  • 7 - John Vukovich CO
  • 8 - Juan Samuel
  • 9 - Von Hayes
  • 10 - Darren Daulton
  • 12 - Tony Taylor CO
  • 15 - Floyd Youmans
  • 16 - Nick Leyva MG
  • 17 - Ricky Jordan
  • 19 - Tom Nieto
  • 20 - Mike Schmidt
  • 21 - Dickie Thon
  • 22 - Bob Dernier
  • 24 - Curt Ford
  • 25 - Steve Lake
  • 26 - Chris James
  • 26 - Ron Jones
  • 27 - Randy O'Neal
  • 28 - Tom Herr
  • 30 - Steve Jeltz
  • 31 - Mark Ryal
  • 33 - Greg Harris
  • 34 - Alex Madrid
  • 40 - Steve Bedrosian
  • 41 - Steve Ontiveros
  • 42 - Don Carman
  • 43 - Ken Howell
  • 44 - Mike Maddux
  • 46 - Larry McWilliams
  • 47 - Bruce Ruffin
  • 49 - Jeff Parrett
  • 52 - Todd Frohwirth
Complete Update Checklist (9):
  • 4 - Lenny Dykstra
  • 8 - Charlie Hayes
  • 11 - John Kruk
  • 13 - Roger McDowell
  • 18 - Jim Adduci
  • 23 - Randy Ready
  • 35 - Eric Bullock
  • 39 - Dennis Cook
  • 45 - Terry Mulholland
One and Done (5): Adduci, Bullock, Nieto, O'Neal, Ryal
First Appearances (18):  Cook, Dykstra, Ford, C. Hayes, Herr, Howell, Kruk, Lake, Madrid, McDowell, McWilliams, Mulholland, Murphy, Ontiveros, Parrett, Ready, Thon, Youmans
Returning Players (15):  Bedrosian, Carman, Daulton, Dernier, Frohwirth, Harris, V. Hayes, James, Jeltz, Jones, Jordan, Maddux, Ruffin, Samuel, Schmidt

This is the only set featuring Phillies baseball cards of the five players listed in the One and Done category.  The First Appearance designation is for players who have never before appeared on a Phillies team issued set.  These players may have already appeared on other Phillies baseball cards.

Manager (1):  Leyva
Coaches (6):  Bowa, Knowles, Menke, Ryan, Taylor, Vukovich
Phillie Phanatic (0)
Broadcasters (0)
Commemorative Cards (0)
Other Cards (1):  Header/sponsor card

Variations/Rarities:  The 32-card stadium giveaway set omitted the following five cards - Header/sponsor card, Nieto, Jones, O'Neal and Madrid.  In addition to these omissions, this set contains the following name placement variations:
  • 5 - Mike Ryan CO, name is top center (instead of top left)
  • 15 - Floyd Youmans, name is bottom right (instead of bottom left)
  • 41 - Steve Ontiveros, name is top center (instead of top right)
  • 42 - Don Carman, name is bottom center (instead of bottom left)
  • 43 - Ken Howell, name is bottom center (instead of bottom left)
  • 47 - Bruce Ruffin, name is top center (instead of bottom left)

Unless you're a Phillies team issued set or Bruce Ruffin super collector (and why wouldn't you be?) there's really no need to add these cards to your collection.

Also See:  1989 Phillies - The Missing Links, 1989 Topps Phillies
Trivia:  Beckett's online database omits the header card.  The Beckett database also lists the James card as an uncorrected error card, given that James wore #18 in 1989, but the back of his card lists #26.  James had switched from #26 mid-way through the 1988 season.  Kudos to Beckett for even noticing this in the first place.
Resources:  14,000 Phillies; Phillies SGA; Beckett.com; Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

1988 Tastykake Phillies


Number of Cards:  39
Card Size:  4 7/8" x 6 1/4"
Description:  The Phillies broke the mold for their 1988 set and went with a set of supersized cards.  The fronts of the cards feature full color action photos while the backs contain biographical information and complete minor and Major League statistics.  The cards found in the update set have blank backs.  I've always thought this was one of the more impressive team issued sets released by the Phillies, but I guess the larger size may have indirectly led to less cards in the set.
How Distributed:  The 2001 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards states that these cards weren't available in set form, but I'm deferring to the Phillies SGA database which shows the set being given away on the April 9th home game at Veterans Stadium.  The set given away to fans included 30 cards and another nine* cards were issued later in the season as an update set.

*I'm not sure if the second Lee Elia card was included within the update set or if it's a true variation.  For now, I'm listing the horizontal format as part of the update set and I'll update accordingly if I find better information.  For what it's worth, and I believe it's wrong, the checklist for the set currently found at Beckett.com lists three different Elia cards.

Complete Standard Checklist (30):  The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
  • 4 - Lee Elia MG (vertical)
  • 8 - Juan Samuel
  • 9 - Von Hayes
  • 10 - Darren Daulton
  • 13 - Lance Parrish
  • 15 - Bill Almon
  • 16 - Luis Aguayo
  • 18 - Chris James
  • 19 - Mike Young
  • 20 - Mike Schmidt
  • 21 - Greg Gross
  • 22 - Bob Dernier
  • 24 - Milt Thompson
  • 27 - Kent Tekulve
  • 28 - Shane Rawley
  • 29 - Phil Bradley
  • 30 - Steve Jeltz
  • 31 - Jeff Calhoun
  • 38 - Wally Ritchie
  • 40 - Steve Bedrosian
  • 42 - Don Carman
  • 44 - Mike Maddux
  • 45 - David Palmer
  • 46 - Kevin Gross
  • 47 - Bruce Ruffin
  • 52 - Todd Frohwirth
  • Phillies Coaches
  • Phillies Prospects
  • Team Card
  • Phillie Phanatic
Complete Update Checklist (9):
  • 4 - Lee Elia MG (horizontal)
  • 6 - John Russell
  • 7 - John Vukovich CO
  • 11 - Keith Miller
  • 15 - Jackie Gutierrez
  • 16 - Larry Bowa CO
  • 17 - Ricky Jordan
  • 33 - Greg Harris
  • Broadcasters
One and Done (1):  Almon
First Appearances (7):  Bradley, Gutierrez, Harris, Jordan, Miller, Palmer, Young
Returning Players (22):  Aguayo, Bedrosian, Calhoun, Carman, Daulton, Dernier, Frohwirth, G. Gross, K. Gross, Hayes, James, Jeltz, Maddux, Parrish, Rawley, Ritchie, Ruffin, Russell, Samuel, Schmidt,  Tekulve, Thompson

Veteran infielder Almon played his final 20 games with the Phillies before getting released in mid-June.  The card in this set is his sole Phillies card.  Miller appears on the eight-player prospect card in the base set and on a solo card in the update 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 (2):  Elia - both versions
Coaches (3):  The coaches card in the base set includes Dave Bristol, Claude Osteen, Mike Ryan, Tony Taylor, Del Unser and John Vukovich.  Bowa and Vukovich get solo cards in the update set.
Phillie Phanatic (1):  The Phanatic is once again pictured atop his ATV.
Broadcasters (1):  Features Richie Ashburn, Harry Kalas, Garry Maddox, Andy Musser and Chris Wheeler
Phillies Prospects (1):  Features eight prospects on one card - Tom Barrett, Brad Brink, Steve DeAngelis, Ron Jones, Keith Miller, Brad Moore, Howard Nichols and Shane Turner.  DeAngelis and Nichols never played for the Phillies.
Other Cards (1):  Team card

Variations/Rarities:  I'd personally consider the update set to be rare, as I've never come across a set for sale on eBay.  As noted above, I'm holding out on listing the second Elia card (the horizontal version) as a rarity until I know for sure whether or not the card was included within the update set.

Also See:  1988 Topps Phillies - Missing Links
Trivia:  The Phillies fired third base coach Bristol and hitting coach Unser on July 15th.  Vukovich, who had been serving as Elia's bench coach, moved over to third for a few games before the Phillies hired old friend Bowa who had recently been let go as the Padres manager.  Vukovich would switch jobs again on September 23rd, taking over as interim manager when Elia was fired.  Bowa apparently wore #16 in his first stint as a Phillies coach, before assuming #2 at the start of the 1989 season.
Resources:  Phillies SGA 1988; Beckett.com; Philly.com - Bristol and Unser Are Fired

Monday, October 27, 2014

1987 Tastykake Phillies


Number of Cards:  51
Card Size:  3 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Description:  With the exception of the copyright date on the bottom right, these cards are identical in design to the sets issued in 1985 and 1986.  Fronts feature a full color picture and the backs include brief biographical notes on each player.
How Distributed:  All fans attending the April 12, 1987 Phillies game at Veterans Stadium received the 47-card set.  The four blank-backed update cards (I believe) were sold separately at the stadium late in the season.  I have a very vague recollection of purchasing the four-card update set for $1 at a game during the '87 season.

Complete Standard Checklist (47):  The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
  • 6 - John Russell
  • 7 - John Felske MG
  • 8 - Juan Samuel
  • 9 - Von Hayes
  • 10 - Darren Daulton
  • 11 - Greg Legg
  • 12 - Glenn Wilson
  • 13 - Lance Parrish
  • 14 - Jeff Stone
  • 15 - Rick Schu
  • 16 - Luis Aguayo
  • 17 - Ron Roenicke
  • 18 - Chris James
  • 20 - Mike Schmidt
  • 21 - Greg Gross
  • 23 - Joe Cipolloni
  • 24 - Milt Thompson
  • 27 - Kent Tekulve
  • 28 - Shane Rawley
  • 29 - Ronn Reynolds
  • 30 - Steve Jeltz
  • 33 - Mike Jackson
  • 34 - Mike Easler
  • 35 - Dan Schatzeder
  • 37 - Ken Dowell
  • 38 - Jim Olander
  • 39 - Joe Cowley
  • 39 - Bob Scanlan
  • 40 - Steve Bedrosian
  • 41 - Tom Hume
  • 42 - Don Carman
  • 43 - Freddie Toliver
  • 44 - Mike Maddux
  • 45 - Greg Jelks
  • 46 - Kevin Gross
  • 47 - Bruce Ruffin
  • 48 - Marvin Freeman
  • 49 - Len Watts
  • 50 - Tom Newell
  • 51 - Ken Jackson
  • 52 - Todd Frohwirth
  • 58 - Doug Bair
  • Phillies Coaches
  • Jeff Kaye/Darren Loy
  • Shawn Barton/Rick Lundblade
  • Phillies Team Card
  • Phillie Phanatic
Complete Update Checklist (4):
  • 4 - Lee Elia MG
  • 19 - Keith Hughes
  • 31 - Jeff Calhoun
  • 38 - Wally Ritchie
Elia was named manager on June 18th following the firing of Felske.  The others featured in the update set made their Phillies debuts in May or June, as follows:  Ritchie - May 1st, Hughes - May 19th and Calhoun - June 16th.

One and Done (7):  Bair, Cowley, Jelks, Legg, Olander, Scanlan, Watts
First Appearances (12):  Calhoun, Dowell, Easler, Freeman, Frohwirth, Hughes, M. Jackson, Newell, Parrish, Ritchie, Roenicke, Schatzeder
Returning Players (25):  Aguayo, Bedrosian, Carman, Cipolloni, Daulton, G. Gross, K. Gross, Hayes, Hume, K. Jackson, James, Jeltz, Maddux, Rawley, Reynolds, Ruffin, Russell, Samuel, Schmidt, Schu, Stone, Tekulve, Thompson, Toliver, Wilson

As originally documented in this 1987 Phillies Missing Links post, this set is the only place to find Phillies baseball cards for Bair, Cowley, Jelks and Legg.  (I have a little more on the other three guys below.)  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.

Managers (2):  Felske, Elia
Coaches (1):  Jim Davenport, Lee Elia, Claude Osteen, Mike Ryan and Del Unser are all featured on a card together.
Phillie Phanatic (1):  I believe the photo used was taken as the Phanatic was atop the Phillies dugout in Clearwater.
Broadcasters (0)
Multi-Player Prospect Cards (2):  Kaye/Loy, Barton/Lundblade
Other Cards (1):  Team card

Variations/Rarities:  Once again, per a comment left by Rick, I need to update this post to reflect a few rarities.  Apparently there are two more Phanatic cards available, both with the same photo, but with different backs.
  • Phillie Phanatic (variation 1)
  • Phillie Phanatic (variation 2)
Also See:  One of the more desirable (in my opinion) and difficult to find team issued sets is the 1987 Phillies Great Performers of 1986 set, issued to season ticket holders who renewed their 1987 season tickets early.  14,000 Phillies created an entry for this set as part of his Phillies Database Project.

Trivia:  There are a couple of things with this set that only a few of us would find interesting . . . As far as I can tell, this is the first team-issued set featuring solo cards of players that never actually played for the Phillies.  Cipolloni, Olander, Scanlan and Watts never got the call to the big leagues with the Phils, nor did the four prospects featured on the multi-player cards for that matter.

There are two #39's in the original set - Scanlan and Cowley.  I'm assuming Scanlan started the spring with #39 and Cowley requested the number upon his arrival from the White Sox late in the spring on March 26th.  Cowley had worn #40 with the White Sox, but that number already belonged to Bedrosian.
Resources:  Phillies SGA 1987; Beckett.com; Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

2014 Topps Update #US-33 Grady Sizemore

I wanted to take a quick break from my look back at the Phillies team-issued sets to catch up with a few early offseason notes.

Last Saturday, October 18th - The Phillies outrighted infielder Andres Blanco off their 40-man roster.  As of this writing, they're down to 39 players on their 40-man roster, with more subtractions coming following the World Series.  It doesn't look as if Blanco elected free agency (yet) so he technically remains property of the Phillies.  Blanco's 25 games with the Phils in 2014 hasn't earned him a Phillies baseball card yet, but he has appeared on three cards with the IronPigs.

Wednesday, October 22nd - Jerome Williams will be joining pitchers and catchers in Clearwater after the Phillies signed him to a one-year deal for $2.5 million.  Williams went 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA in nine starts for the Phillies and he'll be in the mix for one of the spots currently open in the team's 2015 starting pitching rotation.  No Phillies baseball cards yet for Williams, but I did recently pull his Target red parallel card from a pack of 2014 Topps Update, featuring him with the Rangers.

2014 Topps Update Red #US-236
Thursday, October 23rd - Saying what everyone is already thinking, interim CEO Pat Gillick told Philadelphia media that the team most likely won't contend until 2017.

Also on Thursday, the Phillies re-signed outfielder Grady Sizemore to a one-year deal worth $2 million.  I'm honestly not sure where Sizemore fits in with the club and perhaps the team hopes to trade away one of their existing outfielders to allow more playing time for Sizemore.  At long last, Sizemore's first Phillies card appears in the Topps Update set.

Reliever Cesar Jimenez was also brought back on a one-year deal.  Like Blanco and Williams, Jimenez is still waiting for his first Phillies baseball card.

Friday, October 24th - Finally, congratulations to shortstop Jimmy Rollins, the co-winner (with Paul Konerko) of this year's Roberto Clemente Award for his outstanding community service.  Congrats J-Roll!

We now return you to semi-regular posts on the Phillies team issued sets from the 1980s . . .

Friday, October 24, 2014

1986 Tastykake Phillies

Number of Cards:  49
Card Size:  3 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Description:  With the exception of the copyright date on the bottom right, these cards are identical in design to the set issued in 1985.  Fronts feature a full color picture and the backs include brief biographical notes on each player, coach or manager.  The multi-player Future Phillies cards return for a second year in a row and each of the four National League pennant winning teams from the franchise's past get their own team cards.  I'm not sure why the set's designer felt the need to commemorate each of these four teams in 1986, but the cards are cool nevertheless.

How Distributed:  The set's entry in the 2001 Standard Catalog Baseball Cards notes that the "cards were given away at the Phillies' annual baseball card promotion."  Looking over at Phillies SGA and double checking a promotional schedule found within a 1986 copy of Phillies Today - The Official Scorecard Magazine, there's no mention of a baseball card giveaway day.  My best guess is that these sets were available for sale at Veterans Stadium throughout the season.

Complete Standard Checklist:  The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
  • 2 - Jim Davenport CO
  • 3 - Claude Osteen CO
  • 4 - Lee Elia CO
  • 5 - Mike Ryan CO
  • 6 - John Russell
  • 7 - John Felske MG
  • 8 - Juan Samuel
  • 9 - Von Hayes
  • 10 - Darren Daulton
  • 11 - Tom Foley
  • 12 - Glenn Wilson
  • 14 - Jeff Stone
  • 15 - Rick Schu
  • 16 - Luis Aguayo
  • 20 - Mike Schmidt
  • 21 - Greg Gross
  • 22 - Gary Redus
  • 23 - Joe Lefebvre
  • 24 - Milt Thompson
  • 25 - Del Unser CO
  • 26 - Chris James
  • 27 - Kent Tekulve
  • 28 - Shane Rawley
  • 29 - Ronn Reynolds
  • 30 - Steve Jeltz
  • 31 - Garry Maddox
  • 32 - Steve Carlton
  • 33 - David Shipanoff
  • 35 - Randy Lerch
  • 36 - Robin Roberts HOF
  • 39 - Dave Rucker
  • 40 - Steve Bedrosian
  • 41 - Tom Hume
  • 42 - Don Carman
  • 43 - Fred Toliver
  • 46 - Kevin Gross
  • 47 - Larry Andersen
  • 48 - Dave Stewart
  • 49 - Charles Hudson
  • 50 - Rocky Childress
  • Ramon Carabello/Joe Cipolloni
  • Arturo Gonzalez/Mike Maddux
  • Francisco Melendez/Ricky Jordan
  • Kevin Ward/Randy Day
  • 1915 Phillies Team
  • 1950 Phillies Team
  • 1980 Phillies Team
  • 1983 Phillies Team
  • June 11, 1985 - A Night to Remember
One and Done (0)
First Appearances (11):  Bedrosian, Foley, Hume, Redus, Reynolds, Rucker, Shipanoff, Stewart, Tekulve, Thompson, Toliver
Returning Players (22):  Aguayo, Andersen, Carman, Carlton, Childress, Daulton, G. Gross, K. Gross, Hayes, Hudson, James, Jeltz, Lefebvre, Lerch, Maddox, Rawley, Russell, Samuel, Schmidt, Schu, Stone, Wilson

Manager (1):  Felske
Coaches (5):  Davenport, Elia, Osteen, Ryan, Unser
Phillie Phanatic (0)
Broadcasters (0)
Commemorative Cards (1):  Roberts
Future Phillies (4):  Carabello/Cipolloni, Gonzalez/Maddux, Melendez/Jordan, Ward/Day
Other Cards (5):  Four pennant winning team cards; June 11, 1985 commemorative card

Robin Roberts was presumably a guest instructor during spring training 1986, hence his inclusion in the set.  I always think it's odd seeing former Phillies wear current uniforms that they themselves didn't wear during their playing days.  Seeing Roberts in maroon pinstripes is just strange.

The "night to remember" featured on the final card commemorates the night the Phillies defeated the Mets 26-7, thanks in part to two first inning home runs from Hayes.  Hayes, Wilson, Samuel, Schmidt, Maddox and Wilson are all featured on the card in a Dick Perez painting.

Variations/Rarities:  Similar to the 1985 issue, there are no known variations or rarities to be found for this set.  Once you have the original 49-card set, you're done.

Also See:  Scrapbook Sunday: February 21, 1986
Trivia:  Long-time Phillies employee Kenny Bush is featured on the 1950, 1980 and 1983 team photo cards.  Bush was the batboy for the 1950 Whiz Kids and the clubhouse manager in 1980 and 1983.
Resources:  Phillies SGA 1986Beckett.com

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

1950s to 1969 Phillies Postcards


Number of Cards:  78
Card Size: 3 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Description:  These postcards featured black and white portraits of Phillies players (and managers) to have suited up for the team between 1950 and 1969.  Most of the postcards contain black facsimile autographs on the fronts, and the backs are blank.

How Distributed:  The cards were produced throughout the '50s and '60s by the Phillies as needed and as new players joined the club.  There's no way to tell which year any particular card is from, other than each player's card would have been issued during his tenure with the Phillies.  For example, the Johnny Callison card featured above could have been issued at any point, and over several different years, between 1960 and 1969, the years Callison played for the Phillies.

Vintage-wise, Dick Sisler is the earliest ex-Phillie, having left the club following the 1951 season.  Deron Johnson is the latest Phillie on the checklist, having joined the club in 1969.

Complete Standard Checklist:  This list could grow, although I suspect that any new postcard discoveries would have been made by now.  With the advent of the internet age, the mysteries surrounding these types of issuances are slowly dissipating.
  • Rich Allen - Glasses
  • Rich Allen - Best Wishes
  • Rich Allen - Look Ahead
  • Harry Anderson
  • Richie Ashburn
  • Jack Baldschun
  • Dennis Bennett
  • Ed Bouchee
  • Johnny Briggs
  • Jim Bunning
  • John Buzhardt
  • Smokey Burgess
  • Johnny Callison
  • Don Cardwell 1
  • Don Cardwell 2
  • Doug Clemens
  • Jim Coker
  • Gene Conley
  • Wes Covington
  • Ray Culp
  • Tony Curry
  • Clay Dalrymple - Glove
  • Clay Dalrymple - Portrait
  • Jacke Davis
  • Don Demeter
  • Dick Ellsworth
  • Del Ennis
  • Dick Farrell 1
  • Dick Farrell 2
  • Chico Fernandez
  • Woodie Fryman
  • Tony Gonzalez - Phillies
  • Tony Gonzalez - Part of Phillies
  • Dallas Green
  • Dick Groat
  • Granny Hamner
  • John Herrnstein
  • Larry Hisle
  • Grant Jackson
  • Larry Jackson
  • Deron Johnson
  • Willie Jones
  • Jim Konstanty
  • Stan Lopata
  • Art Mahaffey
  • Gene Mauch MG
  • Jack Meyer
  • Don Money
  • Bobby Morgan
  • Wally Post
  • Robin Roberts
  • Cookie Rojas
  • Mike Ryan
  • Ted Savage
  • Ed Sawyer MG - Fac. Auto
  • Ed Sawyer MG - No Auto
  • Andy Seminick
  • Ray Semproch
  • Chris Short - Phillies
  • Chris Short - Hill
  • Roy Sievers
  • Curt Simmons
  • Dick Sisler
  • Bob Skinner MG - Stands
  • Bob Skinner MG - No Stands
  • Bobby G. Smith
  • Charley Smith
  • Frank Sullivan
  • Gary Sutherland
  • Tony Taylor - Antonio
  • Tony Taylor - No Auto
  • Earl Torgeson
  • Gary Wagner
  • Bobby Wine - Phillies Showing
  • Bobby Wine - Partial Phillies
  • Rick Wise
  • Bill White - Portrait
  • Bill White - with Bat
One and Done (1):  Going through my collection and double checking the Beckett database, I believe these postcards mark the only Phillies baseball card appearance of Charley Smith (112 games in 1961).
First Appearances (62):  There are 63 known players to have appeared in these postcard sets.  C. Smith and 62 other players who appeared elsewhere on Phillies baseball cards throughout the years.  (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.)

Managers (3):  Sawyer, Mauch, Skinner
Coaches (0)
Phillie Phanatic (0):  The Phanatic was still just a mere twinkle in Bill Giles' eye when these postcards were originally released.
Broadcasters (0)
Commemorative Cards (0)
Other Cards (0)

Variations/Rarities (12):  I've listed in the standard checklist above the variations to be found for Allen, Cardwell, Dalrymple, Farrell, Gonzalez, Sawyer, Short, Skinner, Taylor, Wine and White.

Trivia:  The players with the most games with the Phillies in the 1950s without a team issued postcard are - Eddie Waitkus (559 games), Ted Kazanski (417 games) and Johnny Wyrostek (315 games).  From the 1960s, the top three players by games played but not appearing on a Phillies postcard are - Ruben Amaro (668 games), Pancho Herrera (271 games) and Don Lock (215 games).
Resources:  Fellow Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils) provided the scans below.  The checklists were originally compiled by collector Dan E. and Rick has made notations on the lists throughout the years based on his discoveries of new variations.  Thanks again to Rick for sharing these lists and the scans!  (Click on each to enlarge.)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Go Royals!

2003 Topps Heritage #91
I'm predicting Royals in 6 with at least one dramatic contribution from Raul Ibanez or Erik Kratz.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Your Source for Information on Phillies Team Issued Sets (Eventually)

1983 Tastykake Phillies
If detailed posts on Phillies team issued baseball card sets aren't your thing, fear not.  I'll still be posting about the team's off-season moves throughout the coming months.  I also have the unfortunate task of looking back at the 2014 Phillies statistical leaders through the final cards in the 2014 Chachi set.

I've gone on a bit of a binge over this past week with posts looking at the Tastykake Phillies sets issued between 1982 and 1985.  My goal is to eventually cover all the team issued sets through the years, and I've set aside a page to serve as a portal to all these posts.  You can find bits and pieces on the Phillies team issues sets from the 1950s through today on various websites and in the older Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards editions, but there's nowhere (that I could find) where all of this information is brought together in one place.  I hope to do that.

I seriously doubt I can keep up the pace of a set a day, but look for more posts throughout the World Series (Go Royals!) as I need something to take my mind off the troublesome state of the current Phillies.

If you have any information to add to any of these posts where you think revisions are needed, please don't hesitate to contact me or leave a comment.  My goal is to present the most accurate and complete information possible on the baseball card sets issued by the Phillies over the past fifty-plus years.  Special thanks goes out to fellow Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils) who has e-mailed to me a ton of great information on these sets in the past few weeks.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

1985 Tastykake Phillies


Number of Cards:  47
Card Size:  3 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Description:  Beginning in 1985, the team used the exact same card design for three straight years.  The only things differentiating the cards are the photos used and the copyright line on the bottom right of the cards' fronts.  The design removes the Phillies script logo found on the 1984 cards and adds the player's uniform number and position.
How Distributed:  All fans attending the Phillies game at Veterans Stadium on April 21, 1985, received a complete shrink-wrapped set with a header/checklist card on the top.  The back of the header/checklist card advertised that additional sets could be purchased from the Phillies via mail order for $3.50.  The Phillies raised the price of a complete set by fifty cents over the previous year.

Complete Standard Checklist:  The cards themselves aren't numbered, but I'm presenting the checklist below based on the numbered checklist found on the back of the header card.
  • Header Card/Checklist
  • John Felske MG
  • Dave Bristol CO
  • Lee Elia CO
  • Claude Osteen CO
  • Mike Ryan CO
  • Del Unser CO
  • Manager and Coaches
  • Pitchers
  • Catchers
  • Infielders
  • Outfielders
  • Larry Andersen
  • Steve Carlton
  • Dan Carman
  • John Denny
  • Tony Ghelfi
  • Kevin Gross
  • Al Holland
  • Charles Hudson
  • Jerry Koosman
  • Shane Rawley
  • Pat Zachry
  • Darren Daulton
  • Bo Diaz
  • Ozzie Virgil
  • John Wockenfuss
  • Luis Aguayo
  • Kiko Garcia
  • Steve Jeltz
  • John Russell
  • Juan Samuel
  • Mike Schmidt
  • Tim Corcoran
  • Greg Gross
  • Von Hayes
  • Joe Lefebvre
  • Garry Maddox
  • Jeff Stone
  • Glenn Wilson
  • Ramon Caraballo/Mike Diaz
  • Mike Maddux/Rodger Cole
  • Rick Schu/Chris James
  • Francisco Melendez/Ken Jackson
  • Randy Salava/Rocky Childress
  • Rich Surhoff/Ralph Citarella
  • Team Photo
One and Done (1):  Zachry
First Appearances (1):  Rawley
Returning Players (26):  Aguayo, Andersen, Carlton, Carman, Corcoran, Daulton, Denny, Diaz, Garcia, Ghelfi, G. Gross, K. Gross, Hayes, Holland, Hudson, Jeltz, Koosman, Lefebvre, Maddox, Russell, Samuel, Schmidt, Stone, Virgil, Wilson, Wockenfuss

This tells me there was very little roster turnover between the end of the 1984 season and spring training 1985, as Rawley and Zachry are the only two new additions to the set.  Along with Zachry's one and done Phillies card, this set includes the only Phillies baseball card of Rich Surhoff.

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.  (In fact, Rawley made his Phillies cardboard debut within the 1984 Fleer Update set.)

Manager (1):  Felske
Coaches (5):  Bristol, Elia, Osteen, Ryan, Unser
Phillie Phanatic (0)
Broadcasters (0)
Group Photos (5):  Manager and Coaches, Pitchers, Catchers, Infielders, Outfielders
Future Phillies (6):  Caraballo/Diaz, Maddux/Cole, Schu/James, Melendez/Jackson, Salava/Childress
Other Cards (2):  Header/checklist card, team photo

The set's designer's decided to try something different with group photos of coaches and players by position.  Batting practice pitcher Hank King is featured on the coach's card, making this (I believe) his sole Phillies baseball card.  Bill Campbell is featured on the pitcher's card and Ivan DeJesus is featured on the infielder's card, but both are omitted from the regular set.  As the regular season was about to begin, Campbell and DeJesus were traded to the Cardinals for pitcher Dave Rucker.

Of the players receiving solo cards in the regular set, Ghelfi was left off the pitcher's card, Wockenfuss was (sadly) left off the catcher's card, Garcia was left off the infielder's card and Lefebvre and Maddox were not on the outfielder's card.

Variations/Rarities:  Thanks again to Rick, who passed along the scan below and information on two additional cards that I would definitely consider "rarities."  I've not seen either of these cards listed on any checklists for this set, nor have I come across either card in my travels.
  • Tug McGraw - Former Phillies Great
  • Broadcasters - Richie Ashburn, Harry Kalas, Andy Musser and Chris Wheeler
McGraw announced his retirement following the 1984 season and this card seems to be a final tribute to the popular lefty reliever.


Also See:  Scrapbook Sunday: September 1, 1985
Trivia:  The 1985 Tastykake Phillies set seems to be the most ubiquitous of all the team issued sets from the 1980s.  The sets can be readily found on eBay and at Citizens Bank Park.  The Memorabilia Store from Hunt Auctions located behind Section 126 had several of these sets for sale this past season.
Resources:  Phillies SGA 1985; Beckett.com; Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

1982 Tastykake Phillies


Number of Cards:  35
Card Size:  3 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Description:  This is the first of eight years during which Tastykake sponsored the Phillies team issued set.  The cards feature black and white pictures, with a mix of action shots and portraits.  Some of the cards include blue facsimile autographs on the fronts, and the backs of all cards are blank.
How Distributed:  My best guess is that these cards weren't ever distributed in set form, although I could be wrong.  I've only been actively searching for these cards for a few years now, but I've only ever come across single card auctions from the set.  The cards were most likely handed out to fans individually and supplied to the players in order to reply to fan mail or honor autograph requests.  (See below under Variations/Rarities for more on the distribution of this set.)

The one card from the set in my collection (as of this writing) is the McGraw card featured above.  The blue facsimile autograph looks surprisingly genuine.

Complete Standard Checklist:
  • Luis Aguayo
  • Porfi Altamirano
  • Dave Bristol CO
  • Warren Brusstar
  • Marty Bystrom
  • Steve Carlton
  • Larry Christenson
  • Pat Corrales MG
  • Dick Davis
  • Mark Davis
  • Ivan DeJesus
  • Bob Dernier
  • Bo Diaz (action)
  • Ed Farmer
  • Greg Gross
  • Deron Johnson CO
  • Mike Krukow
  • Sparky Lyle
  • Garry Maddox
  • Gary Matthews
  • Len Matuszek
  • Tug McGraw
  • Sid Monge
  • Claude Osteen CO
  • Ron Reed
  • Dave Roberts
  • Pete Rose
  • Dick Ruthven
  • Mike Ryan CO
  • Mike Schmidt
  • Manny Trillo (without hat)
  • Del Unser
  • Ozzie Virgil
  • George Vukovich
  • Bobby Wine CO
Image is from an old
eBay auction
The checklist found at The Trading Card Database lists only 28 cards in the set, omitting seven cards included on the checklist found within the 2001 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards - Bystrom, M. Davis, Gross, Johnson, Maddox, Ruthven and Vukovich.  I'm including these cards on the checklist above as a Google Images search yielded images for the Maddox and Vukovich cards.  If those exist, there's a really good chance the other five exist and the entry at The Trading Card Database is simply missing these seven cards.

One and Done (0)
First Appearances (11):  Altamirano, M. Davis, DeJesus, Dernier, Diaz, Farmer, Krukow, Matuszek, Monge, Roberts, Virgil
Returning Players (18):  Aguayo, Brusstar, Bystrom, Carlton, Christenson, D. Davis, Gross, Lyle, Maddox, Matthews, McGraw, Reed, Rose, Ruthven, Schmidt, Trillo, Unser, Vukovich

Manager (1):  Corrales
Coaches (5):  Bristol, Johnson, Osteen, Ryan, Wine
Phillie Phanatic (0)
Broadcasters (0)
Commemorative Cards (0)
Other Cards (0)

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.

Variations/Rarities:  The Beckett database entry for this set omits the Bystrom card and adds three variations for a total of 37 cards in the master set.
  • Bo Diaz (portrait)
  • Karen Eberhard (ball girl)
  • Manny Trillo (with hat)
As Rick points out in a comment to this post, the Phillies issued two versions of this set.  The first version released earlier in the year included cards of the coaches and most cards contain a blue facsimile autograph on the fronts of the cards.  Later in the year, a second 25-card set was released with no coaches, no facsimile autographs and no Tastykake logo.  This set contains a Bill Robinson card, not found within the first set as Robinson was acquired in June from the Pirates for Dick Davis.
  • Bill Robinson - no autograph, no Tastykake Logo
Also See:  1982 Topps Phillies, 1982 Topps Traded #28T Bob Dernier
Trivia:  I spent a few minutes Googling Karen Eberhard Ball Girl until it started to feel creepy, so I stopped.  I know the current ballgirls hand out "cards" at their promotional stops, but these cards aren't in the style or size of the current year's team issued set.  I wonder what made the Phillies decide to issue a separate card of one of their ball girls in 1982?
Resources:  The Trading Card DatabaseBeckett.com; Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

1984 Tastykake Phillies


Number of Cards:  47
Card Size:  3 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Description:  The 1984 Tastykake set got a little more ambitious than its predecessor by adding cards for all the coaches and a broadcaster card.  The fronts are nearly identical to the 1983 set, with the exception of the Phillies script logo added to the top.  The photographer also requested that everyone remove their hats for this set, which was unfortunate for some of the subjects.  The backs of the cards feature a facsimile autograph of the player, coach or manager, and some of the cards include words of encouragement.

I really wish the Phillies had chosen, "Wherever you go, there you are" for the back of Larry Andersen's card.

How Distributed:  All fans 14 and under attending the Phillies game at Veterans Stadium on April 21, 1984, received a complete 40-card set, shrink-wrapped and containing a logo/checklist card on the top.  The back of the logo/checklist card advertised that additional sets could be purchased from the Phillies via mail order for $3.

The remaining seven cards were issued as an update to the 40-card set at some point late in the season.  Based on my research and correspondence with fellow collectors, it's possible the update cards were released in two groups.  The first group consisting of four cards (Carman, Russell, Stone and Wehrmeister) and the second group consisting of three more cards (Daulton, Fireovid and Jeltz).

UPDATE to the Update (10/20/14):  Per Rick's comment below, apparently the Phillies produced a seven card sheet late in the season that was never released to the general public.  A local baseball card dealer (anyone have his name or contact information?) had the sheets professionally cut and sold the additional seven cards as a set.

Complete Standard Checklist (40):  The cards themselves aren't numbered, but I'm presenting the checklist below based on the numbered checklist found on the back of the logo card.
  • Logo Card/Checklist
  • Team Photo
  • Phillie Phanatic
  • Veterans Stadium
  • Steve Carlton - Future HOF
  • Mike Schmidt - Future HOF
  • Broadcasters
  • Paul Owens MG
  • Dave Bristol CO
  • John Felske CO
  • Deron Johnson CO
  • Claude Osteen CO
  • Mike Ryan CO
  • Larry Andersen
  • Marty Bystrom
  • Bill Campbell
  • Steve Carlton
  • John Denny
  • Tony Ghelfi
  • Kevin Gross
  • Al Holland
  • Charles Hudson
  • Jerry Koosman
  • Tug McGraw
  • Bo Diaz
  • Ozzie Virgil
  • John Wockenfuss
  • Luis Aguayo
  • Ivan DeJesus
  • Kiko Garcia
  • Len Matuszek
  • Juan Samuel
  • Mike Schmidt
  • Tim Corcoran
  • Greg Gross
  • Von Hayes
  • Joe Lefebvre
  • Sixto Lezcano
  • Garry Maddox
  • Glenn Wilson
Complete Update Checklist (7):
  • Don Carman (7/6/84)           
  • John Russell (6/22/84)
  • Jeff Stone (6/19/84)
  • Dave Wehrmeister (6/3/84)
  • Darren Daulton (N/A)
  • Steve Fireovid (9/1/84)
  • Steve Jeltz (9/1/84)
The entire following paragaph is now null and void thanks to Rick's comment and the UPDATE to the Update above.

Lending credence to my two update set theory is the fact that the first four players in the update set all made their 1984 debuts with the Phillies between the beginning of June and the beginning of July.  I've listed the dates of their Phillies debuts above.  From the second set of cards, Fireovid and Jeltz were September call-ups and Daulton never appeared in a game with the Phils in 1984.  I've honestly never seen the Fireovid or Jeltz cards, and I'd doubt their existence if not for the fact that I added the Daulton card to my collection last year via eBay.  (Thanks again to Matt from Phillies SGA for the head's up!)

One and Done (2):  Fireovid, Wehrmeister
First Appearances (19):  Andersen, Campbell, Carman, Corcoran, Daulton, Garcia, Ghelfi, K. Gross, Hudson, Jeltz, Koosman, Lefebvre, Lezcano, Matuszek, Russell, Samuel, Stone, Wilson, Wockenfuss
Returning Players (12):  Aguayo, Bystrom, Carlton, DeJesus, Denny, Diaz, G. Gross, Hayes, Maddox, McGraw, Schmidt, Virgil

If you're in the market for a Phillies card of either Fireovid or Wehrmeister, this is the set for you.  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):  Owens
Coaches (5):  Bristol, Felske, Johnson, Osteen, Ryan
Phillie Phanatic (1):  Uses the same ATV photo from the 1983 Tastykake set.
Broadcasters (1):  Chris Wheeler, Harry Kalas, Andy Musser and Richie Ashburn
Commemorative Cards (2):  Carlton and Schmidt get Future Hall of Famer cards.  The back of the Carlton card features a list of all-time victories leaders, while the back of the Schmidt card features a list of all-time home run leaders.
Other Cards (3):  Logo/checklist card, team photo and Veterans Stadium

Variations/Rarities:  There are no known variations or rarities, although I've had a difficult time tracking down the 7-card update set.  Through the kindness of fellow bloggers, I'm down to needing just the Fireovid and Jeltz cards.

Also See:  The Curious Case of Dave WehrmeisterMemories of 1984 Phillies Photo Day
Trivia:  Beckett's online database does not include the three final update cards.
Resources:  Phillies SGA 1984Beckett.com14,000 Phillies - Dave Wehrmeister, Worst Phillies Card of All Time

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

1983 Tastykake Phillies


Number of Cards:  32
Card Size:  3 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Description:  This is the first team-issued set featuring full color photos.  A color head shot of each player is on the front and the backs are either blank or contain an encouraging message "written" by the player.  This is the second consecutive year Tastykake sponsored the set.
How Distributed:  My guess is that these cards were available to purchase in set form at Veterans Stadium and also available individually as players responded to fans' autograph requests.

Additionally, the checklist was most likely finalized prior to the start of the season.  Kiko Garcia is omitted from the set, despite appearing in 84 games for the 1983 Phillies beginning on May 18th.  Dave Roberts was released the day before Garcia made his Phillies debut, and both Sid Monge (to the Padres) and Dick Ruthven (to the Cubs) were traded away on May 22nd.

Complete Standard Checklist:
  • Luis Aguayo (Dear Fan)
  • Porfi Altamirano (Dear Fan)
  • Marty Bystrom (blank)
  • Steve Carlton (blank)
  • Larry Christenson (Dear Fan)
  • Pat Corrales MG (blank)
  • Ivan DeJesus (Dear Fan)
  • John Denny (need)
  • Bob Dernier (Dear Fan)
  • Bo Diaz (Dear Fan)
  • Ed Farmer (Dear Fan)
  • Greg Gross (Dear Fan)
  • Von Hayes (need)
  • Al Holland (Dear Fan)
  • Garry Maddox (Dear Fan)
  • Gary Matthews (Dear Fan)
  • Tug McGraw (Support . . . )
  • Larry Milbourne (Dear Fan)
  • Bob Molinaro (Dear Fan)
  • Sid Monge (Dear Fan)
  • Joe Morgan (Dear Fan)
  • Tony Perez (Dear Fan)
  • Ron Reed (blank)
  • Dave Roberts (Dear Fan)
  • Bill Robinson (need)
  • Pete Rose (Dear Fan)
  • Dick Ruthven (blank)
  • Mike Schmidt (blank)
  • Ozzie Virgil (Dear Fan)
  • Phillies Coaches (blank)
  • Phillie Phanatic (need)
  • Veterans Stadium (blank)
I've listed the inscription that can be found on the back of each of the cards I have in my collection.  As of this writing, I still need the Denny, Hayes, Robinson and Phanatic cards.

One and Done (0):  None.  All players featured in the set also appear on other Phillies baseball cards.
First Appearances (7):  Denny, Hayes, Holland, Milbourne, Molinaro, Morgan, Perez
Returning Players (21):  Aguayo, Altamirano, Bystrom, Carlton, Christenson, DeJesus, Dernier, Diaz, Farmer, Gross, Maddox, Matthews, McGraw, Monge, Reed, Roberts, Robinson, Rose, Ruthven, Schmidt, Virgil

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.  (However, in the case of the seven players listed above, I do believe these Tastykake cards represent their first Phillies baseball cards.)

Manager (1):  Corrales
Coaches (1):  There's one card featuring all five Phillies coaches - Mike Ryan, Deron Johnson, Bobby Wine, Dave Bristol and Claude Osteen.
Phillie Phanatic (1):  The more readily available version features the Phanatic on his ATV.
Broadcasters (0)
Commemorative Cards (0)
Other Cards (1):  Veterans Stadium

Variations/Rarities:  According to the set's entry in the 2001 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards, several cards are available with different backs.  There's also a different Phanatic card available showing him walking around the field in the vicinity of home plate.  I've listed these variations below.
  • Sid Monge (Quitters never win)
  • Bill Robinson (Stay in school)
  • Pete Rose (A good education)
  • Phillie Phanatic (not on ATV)
I'm the lucky owner of one of the Monge variation back cards.  Behold its majesty.

Also See:  I'd eventually like to feature a post on the 1983 Phillies Greatest Moments and Greatest Players postcard sets.
Trivia:  Interestingly enough, the 2001 Standard Catalog lists Joe Amalfitano in the checklist instead of Porti Altamarano.  The Beckett database entry for the set perpetuates this error.  As pointed out by 14,000 Phillies in his checklist entry for the set, both Beckett and the Standard Catalog omit the Roberts card from their checklists.