|1993 Medford Phillies #99 x 2|
- The original, postcard-sized 35-card set was sponsored by Medford and sold at the Vet through at least early August. I probably bought my set at a game over the summer when I was home from college.
- A 5-card update set was issued at the Vet at some point during the second half of the season. If I recall correctly, these five cards were sold separately from the 35-card set for a buck. I distinctly remember buying this update set for the sole purpose of obtaining this card, which featured the 1993 Phillies All-Star Game representatives:
So I've always known there was a total of 40 cards in the 1993 Medford Phillies set, despite what the good folks at Beckett say. But here's where it gets interesting, and where Steve F.'s detective work comes into play. His recently purchased 1993 Medford Phillies set contains 36 cards. 31 of the cards match up with cards found in the original 35-card set, but then there are five new cards:
- Darren Daulton - dugout background
- Tommy Greene - dugout background
- Mickey Morandini - dugout background
- Mitch Williams - bright background
- Bobby Thigpen
As Thigpen was acquired from the White Sox on August 10th, these five cards would have been available at the Vet from mid-August through presumably the end of the World Series. As Steve F. points out in his comment, to own a master set of 1993 Medford Phillies cards, 45 total cards are needed.
Which leads me to the Mitch Williams cards featured at the top of this post. The card on the left is the Williams card from the original 35-card set. The card on the right is autographed by Williams and it entered my collection at some point over the last 15 years. (It was either given to me by a friend or it entered my/our collection when I got married and consolidated my wife's baseball card collection into mine.) The backs of the cards are identical, featuring Williams' stats through the 1992 season and a 1993 copyright at the bottom.
I've always wondered what the Williams card on the right was and where it came from, and thanks to Steve F.'s comment I now realize I have one of the four variation cards from the 1993 Medford Phillies set. That leaves four more cards to go for me in order to have a master set.
Thanks again Steve for shedding some light on this 20-year mystery!