|1962 Topps #146, #17, #220 and #453|
|1962 Topps #146 (Back)|
My very brief thoughts on the set: I've always liked this set. Way back in my early days of collecting, my Dad bought me a Tim McCarver 1962 Topps card and my first thought was that the card looked so old. The design and feel of the set is reminiscent of your grandparents' basement, peeling posters on the wall and all. It's familiar and comfortable.
Notable competition: There was an abundance of regional and food-issued sets released. Post again issued a 200-card set available on its cereal boxes (9 Phillies in the set) and a set of 221 coins were released with Salada Tea and Junket Pudding mix (12 Phillies coins).
Record and finish: Thanks in part to two expansion teams - the New York Mets and the Houston Colt .45's - the Phillies finished with a record of 81-80, in seventh place in the new ten-team National League.
Key players: The offense showed signs of life, as led by third baseman Don Demeter (.307, 29 home runs and 107 RBIs), right fielder Johnny Callison (.300, 23, 83) and first baseman Roy Sievers (.262, 21, 80). Demeter moved to third to make room for Sievers, acquired in an off-season trade with the White Sox. Tony Gonzalez (.300, 20, 63, 17 stolen bases) had another consistent year. All-Star Art Mahaffey led the pitching staff (19-14, 3.94 ERA) followed by Cal McLish and Chris Short with eleven wins each. Jack Baldschun won 12 games and saved 13 out of the bullpen.
Key events: Things were starting to look up for the Phillies after a dismal 1961 season.
Cards needed for a complete team set: There are 27 cards in the 1962 Topps Phillies team set, down three from 1961 most likely as a result of the team's awful performance in the prior year. That makes 92 cards from 1960 to 1962, and 265 total Phillies Topps cards dating back to 1951. I have most of the '62 Topps cards, but I still need to track down the high numbers.
Who’s in: 24 of the 27 cards feature players who actually played with the Phillies in 1962. The other three cards are a team card, a card for manager Gene Mauch and a card for Ken Walters, who had been sold to the Reds in February. Also of note is the first appearance of a Phillie on a multi-player "rookie" card. Pitcher Jack Hamilton appears on a "Rookie Parade" card (#593) along with four other pitching prospects.
Who’s out: Regular shortstop Bobby Wine was omitted, as was the team's number three starter, Dennis Bennett. In the bullpen, Chris Short (again) is missing despite pitching in 47 games, as is Bill Smith, who appeared in 24 games.
|1962 Topps #111, #157, #284 and #303|
What’s he doing here: The inclusion of Walters doesn't make much sense, given that Topps had to have known about his sale to the Reds by the time his card (#328) made its appearance in the set's fourth series. In fact, upon further review, Topps actually makes mention of the pre-season sale on the back of Walters' card. The plot thickens.
Cards that never were candidates: Wine, Bennett, Short and Smith.
Favorite Phillies card: There aren't any real eye-popping cards in the bunch, but I narrowed it down to Clay Dalrymple's squat pose with a bunch of Phillies milling about behind him and Tony Taylor's first baseball card to feature him in an actual Phillies uniform with billboards from Connie Mack Stadium in the background. I'll give the nod to the Taylor card.
Recycled: You'll see a whole lot of 2011 Topps Heritage throughout the season as I'll feature the Phillies cards from this set in my game summary posts.
Blogs/Websites: It's been quiet recently, but there's plenty of good stuff to read in the archives over at Project '62.
Did You Know?: Early printings of the cards in series two (cards 110 to 196) were inadvertently printed with extra green ink, giving the cards a greenish tint. Topps intentionally recreated this printing gaffe with its 2011 Heritage set, and cards 110 to 196 can be found in short-printed "green tint" variations.