|1990 Topps #515, #710, #542 and #469|
|1990 Topps #542 (Back)|
Number of cards in the set: No surprises here. There were 792 cards in the base set and another 132 cards added to the traded series for the ninth year in a row. (There would be two more years with this configuration before Topps mixed it up in 1993.)
My very brief thoughts on the set: It amazes me that the creative people at Topps actually gave the green light to this set. There are too many posed shots and there are too many orange and purple and green Phillies cards. It's not an attractive set and it may actually be my least favorite Topps flagship set of all time. If anyone cares to defend this set and show me the error of my ways, please leave a comment. (I just re-read those last few sentences. I honestly don't mean to come off as angry about the 1990 Topps set. I still managed to hand collate the set back in the day, so I wasn't completely disgusted by it.)
Notable competition: If I was forced to pick a favorite set from 1990, I'd have to go with Score's set. Donruss did this, Fleer had a completely uninspiring design, and Upper Deck basically just copied their 1989 design but rotated the base line to the top of the card. The Leaf set was cool, but they didn't sell packs of Leaf at my Wawa and even if they did, the packs would have been too expensive for me.
Record and finish: The Phillies actually showed some signs of life in 1990, going 77-85. They finished in a fourth-place tie, 18 games behind the Pirates.
Key players: Lenny Dykstra flirted with the National League batting title all season, finishing the year with a .325 average. Von Hayes (.261, 17 home runs, 73 RBIs) and Darren Daulton (.268, 12 home runs, 57 RBIs) also enjoyed decent years. John Kruk hit .291 in his first full season with the Phils. Pat Combs (10-10, 4.07 ERA) and Terry Mulholland (9-10, 3.34 ERA) gave the team two reliable starting pitchers for the first time in a few years. Roger McDowell (22 saves), Darrel Akerfelds (3.77 ERA in 71 games) and Joe Boever (2.15 ERA, 6 saves) anchored the bullpen.
Key events: On August 3rd, in a trade that blew my mind at the time, the Phillies acquired Dale Murphy from the Braves (with Tommy Greene) for Jeff Parrett, Jim Vatcher and Victor Rosario. I was thrilled when this move was made, as it seemed (at the time) that Murphy was the final piece the Phillies were seeking to put them over the top. Mulholland pitched the first no-hitter by a Phillies pitcher at Veterans Stadium on August 15th.
1990 Phillies in 1990 Topps
Cards needed for a complete team set: There are 29 Phillies cards in the base set and another 3 Phillies cards in the traded set.
- Cards of the eight starting position players - 8 cards
#542 Darren Daulton (c), #216 Ricky Jordan (1b), #297 Tom Herr (2b), #269 Dickie Thon (ss), #577 Charlie Hayes (3b), #469 John Kruk (lf), #515 Lenny Dykstra (cf), #710 Von Hayes (rf)
- Cards of the starting pitching rotation - 4 cards
|1990 Topps #384, #657, #22 and #756|
- Base cards of players who played with the Phillies in 1990 - 14 cards
#39 Curt Ford, #69 Todd Frohwirth, #103 Marvin Freeman, #129 Ron Jones, #183 Steve Lake, #356 Randy Ready, #439 Jeff Parrett, #493 Jason Grimsley, #625 Roger McDowell, #633 Dennis Cook, #731 Don Carman, #1T Darrel Akerfelds, #41T Dave Hollins, #68T Carmelo Martinez
- Base cards of players who didn't play with the Phillies in 1990 - 3 cards (with new teams listed)
- #1 Draft Pick card - 1 card, #74 Jeff Jackson
- Manager card - 1 card, #489 Nick Leyva
- Phillies appearing on Turn Back the Clock cards - 1 card, #662 Mike Schmidt
As much as I didn't care for the set, I was grateful that Topps gave us one last Schmidt card following the year he retired. His 1980 Topps card is featured on the card looking back to ten years prior.
|1990 Topps #625, #633, 1990 Topps Traded #1T and 1990 Topps #750|
Phillies on other teams: Martinez appears with the Pirates on card #686 and he made it into the traded series as a Phillie. Four players only had cards with the former teams - #410 Joe Boever (Braves), #534 Louie Meadows (Astros), #595 Jose DeJesus (Royals), #750 Dale Murphy (Braves).
|1990 Topps #662|
Cards that never were candidates: Murphy, Boever, DeJesus, Booker, Campusano and Morandini. I'll also add Wes Chamberlain to the long list, as Chamberlain was acquired from the Pirates at the end of August and hit .283 in 18 games.
Favorite Phillies card: I'll go with Kruk's card, by default. Kruk is pictured with his pre-beard and mullet look.
Recycled: As far as I know, Topps hasn't gone back to this design for any Phillies cards. And why would they? I took a stab at creating a final tribute Schmidt card a few years ago.
Blogs/Websites: I can't say I'm shocked there isn't a blog dedicated to this set. However, I love that Shoebox Legends did a series of posts highlighting his favorite cards from his "guilty pleasure" set. I'd also like to highly recommend The Greatest 21 Days, which is highlighting each and every card from the 1990 CMC minor league set.
Did You Know?: Other than a few oddball issues, Schmidt wouldn't be featured on another mainstream baseball card until 1994's Ted Williams set. When these new Schmidt cards were released, it was big news for me at the time and I remember actively seeking out his cards from the main Ted Williams set and the special 9-card insert set which chronicled the slugger's career. It seems strange now to go three to four years without a new baseball card of a Hall of Famer. Over the past few years especially, it seems as if Schmidt is featured in just about every "legends" based insert set that Topps releases.