Thursday, August 9, 2012

2012 Topps Phillies #PHI17 Citizens Bank Park

Braves 6, Phillies 1
Game 109 – Monday Night, August 6th in Philadelphia
Record – 49-60, Tied for 4th Place, 17 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  With their 60th defeat of the season, the Phillies matched their entire loss total from the magical, very distant 2011 season.

What It Means:  The loss was witnessed by the first non-sell out crowd at Citizens Bank Park since July 6, 2009.  The Phillies fell short of a complete sell-out for the first time in 257 games.  The fans have spoken, and we’re not happy.

What Went Wrong:  Vance Worley took the mound with some sort of stomach bug, and he was gone in the fourth inning after surrendering four runs on six hits.  Braves starter Ben Sheets and two relievers held the Phillies to just a run (a John Mayberry, Jr. home run) on seven hits.

Featured Card:  The ballpark is a little emptier and a little sadder these days, but 2013 is just around the corner.

Field Report:  I was traveling for work this week, but Jenna attended this game and she was kind enough to take a few pictures of the giant Topps cards in Ashburn Alley representing the starting line-up.  My guess is that the Phillies won’t bother to have cards made up for Nate Schierholtz and Kevin Frandsen, as evidenced by the gaping holes on the wall.

Jenna picked up another team-issued series two set (for the 14,000 Phillies collection), and the Phillies haven't made any further updates since my initial report.  My guess is that Schierholtz, Frandsen and Josh Lindblom will find themselves without Phillies cards this year, but I'll keep checking back with the vendors at the ballpark.


Steve F. said...

Maybe they will just reissue a set 2.1 this year by pulling Victorino, Pence and Blanton from it. Get 'em while you can!

Hey, I just noticed two things about those giant Topps cards for the lineup:

1) They are still using 2011 designs
2) The pictures appear to be entirely different than those on the actual Topps card (or on any variations of them issued).

Now the obsessive side of me wants to add them to my collection. Since the Phillies are unlikely to want to sell them--and they wouldn't fit in binders anyway--I feel this need to photograph them and then print them out at a baseball card size....

Jim said...

While Pence is still in the set, they have moved his card from the front of the pack. Carl's Ruiz now has that honor.

I feel bad for the poor intern who had to make that switch!