Wednesday, February 15, 2012

1958 Philadelphia Phillies Picture Pack

My father-in-law is doing his best to keep busy during his retirement, and one of his many projects has been to diligently clean out closets, desks and other storage spaces around his house.  So far, I've been the beneficiary of some really cool baseball and Phillies finds as a result of his clean-ups, including the cards I'm displaying in this post.  At first, I wasn't sure what these were, but with a little research I've determined that this is the complete 1958 Jays Publishing Phillies team set.  There are 12 photos in total and they've been protected all these years in a brown envelope advertising "Twelve Phillies Photos" for just 25¢.  The photos are 5" x 7" with blank backs.

The Standard Catalog lumps all 681 versions of these photos, issued between 1958 and 1965, into one massive listing.  Beckett separates the photos by year and by team, and I found a great resource here with the Phillies checklists for each of the sets from 1958 through 1965.  The only thing that threw me off a little is that the images I found on the internet when doing a search for "Jays Publishing Phillies," contain the full team name, listed on the fronts of the photos as "Philadelphia Phillies."  These photos omit the city and just list the team name.  That being said, I'm still fairly confident these are the 1958 Jays Publishing Phillies photos.

(UPDATE (2/16/12):  Please see the first comment below from Matthew, a/k/a 14,000 Phillies, for the correct identification of this set.)

So many, many thanks to my father-in-law for adding these to my collection and here's hoping he continues to clean and find cool Phillies stuff!



4 comments:

Matthew Appleton said...

It just occurred to me that what you have is not the Jay Publishing team set, but rather the 1958 Phillies Picture Pack. From the 2011 SCD, page 276:

1958 Philadelphia Phillies Picture Pack

This set of 5" x 7" blank-backed, black-and-white player pictures was most likely issued in 1958, though it is also possible the set was issued in 1957 (or both). This team issue set differs from the contemporary Jay Publishing picture
packs in that it does not have the city name in the identication
line, only the player name in all-caps and “Phillies.”
The unnumbered pictures are listed here alphabetically.

Jim said...

Thanks! Time for me to purchase a new Standard Catalog. My latest version (from way back in 2001) doesn't include the Phillies Picture Pack listing.

Matthew Appleton said...

I'm sure you're okay with it, but I just wanted to let you know that I'll be using a couple of these images with the appropriate checklist on an upcoming 14,000 Phillies post. You will be credited, of course.

Jim said...

Definitely not a problem and I'm looking forward to the latest entry into the database.