|1971 Topps #490, #233, #23 and #138|
|1971 Topps #490 (Back)|
My very brief thoughts on the set: It's awesome. The black borders scared me off for a long time because I wanted to be able to put together a condition-sensitive set, heavy with mint to near-mint cards. I'm wiser now, and I've realized condition isn't really that important. I'm not looking to get these things graded to sell them at a profit. I'm looking to enjoy the process of collecting the set and getting to one day flip through the binder housing the entire 752-card run.
Notable competition: There was a 13-card Phillies set released by Arco gas stations in 1971, and there are three Phillies to be found in the second ever Kellogg's set.
Record and finish: Any progress that was made in 1970 was erased in 1971 as the team went 67-95, finishing dead last in the division and 30 games behind the Pirates.
Key players: They didn't hit for average, but first baseman Deron Johnson (.265, 34 home runs, 95 RBIs) and rookie center fielder Willie Montanez (.255, 30 home runs, 99 RBIs) provided the power. Most of the other regulars hovered around the as yet unnamed Mendoza line and regular third baseman John Vukovich finished well below the line with a .166 average. Rick Wise (17-14, 2.88 ERA) had another stellar year but every other regular starting pitcher finished with a losing record. With Wise as the only dependable starter, there's no way the Phillies would dare trade him following the season. (That's foreshadowing right there. I sometimes like to use literary techniques on the blog.)
Key events: Veterans Stadium opened its doors (or more accurately, its ramps) on April 10, 1971. On June 8th, the Phillies selected Mike Schmidt, a shortstop from Ohio University, in the second round of the June Amateur Draft. Schmidt was the 30th overall pick in the draft and he signed a contract with the Phillies three days later.
Cards needed for a complete team set: There are 31 cards in a complete 1971 Topps Phillies team set. That's 60 cards so far from the '70s and 528 Topps Phillies cards overall since 1951.
- Cards of the eight starting position players - 5 cards
#465 Tim McCarver (c), #490 Deron Johnson (1b), #352 Denny Doyle (2b), #233 Larry Bowa (ss), #23 Oscar Gamble (lf)
Shortstop Vukovich was omitted completely, center fielder Montanez had to share his card (see below) and new right fielder Roger Freed is pictured with the Orioles.
- Cards of the starting pitching rotation - 4 cards
|1971 Topps #598, #511, #574 and #166|
- Base cards of other players who played with the Phillies in 1971 - 14 cards
#49 Don Money, #166 Joe Hoerner, #192 Bill Wilson, #246 Tony Taylor, #297 John Briggs, #323 Bill Champion, #366 Ron Stone, #414 Woodie Fryman, #533 Mike Ryan, #554 Lowell Palmer, #616 Larry Hisle, #659 Byron Browne, #682 Terry Harmon, #705 Dick Selma
- 1971 Rookie Stars cards - 4 cards
#138 Joe Lis/Willie Montanez, #439 Greg Luzinski/Scott Reid, #664 Ken Reynolds with Archie Reynolds (Angels) and Bob Reynolds (Expos), #728 Wayne Redmond with Keith Lampard (Astros) and Bernie Williams (Giants)
- Base cards of players who didn't play with the Phillies in 1971 - 2 cards
#77 Mike Compton, #92 Fred Wenz
- Manager card - 1 card, #119 Frank Lucchesi
- Team card - 1 card, #268
|2001 Topps Archives #66|
Phillies on other teams: Freed (#362) appears with the Orioles on a Rookie Stars card with pitcher Mike Adamson. Future All-Star Wayne Twitchell (#692) appears with the Brewers on a Rookie Stars card, as does catcher Pete Koegel (#633).
What’s he doing here: Redmond appeared in the final series on a multi-player Rookie Stars card, but I have no idea how he came into the Phillies organization. He played in 4 games with the Tigers in 1965 and 5 games with the Tigers in 1969, but he never played for the Phillies. His minor league stats over at Baseball Reference don't show him as having appeared in a game within the Phillies' system. It's a mystery.
Cards that never were candidates: Vukovich should have a card, while both Montanez and Reynolds deserve their own cards. Freed should have a Phillies card and it would be cool to see a Schmidt draft pick card.
Favorite Phillies card: There are a lot of great cards to choose from here, including Bowa's first solo card with the Topps All-Star Rookie trophy, and Lowell Palmer striking a pose in his shades. But I'm torn between Gamble's and Short's cards which both display the new Phillies unis with old Connie Mack Stadium lurking in the background. It's Gamble by a hair.
Recycled: The 2002 Upper Deck Vintage set
borrowed from used the classic design, moving the team name to the bottom of the card.
Blogs/Websites: Is there seriously not a blog for this set? How is that possible? If there's one out there and I've just missed it, please let me know. In the mean time, there's a set quest going on over at Heartbreaking Cards of Staggering Genius.
Did You Know?: Going strictly numerical, the first Phillie ever to appear on a Topps baseball card wearing the new '70s and '80s-era Phillies uniforms was Gamble on card #23 in the set. In case you were wondering, the last Phillie to ever wear this uniform in a Topps set was Danny Cox, card #791 in the 1992 Topps Set. And now you know.
And one more thing - Happy Father's Day!
And one more thing - Happy Father's Day!