|2007 Topps #330, #350, #441 and #110|
|2007 Topps #110 (Back)|
My very brief thoughts on the set: If the 2006 Topps set was inspired by the 1972 Topps set, then the black borders of the 2007 Topps set attempt to harken back to the awesome 1971 Topps set. In my opinion, however, the 2007 Topps set completely lacks the fun and personality found within the 1971 set. After the circus-like 2006 set, Topps went minimalist in 2007 with the only color on the front being the four little team color-coded squares in each corner. In retrospect, this may be my least favorite Topps base set design of the 2000s.
Notable competition: For the second year in a row, Topps and Upper Deck were limited to releasing 20 sets a piece. Only two of the Upper Deck sets carried the Fleer name. With the release of Fleer Ultra in July 2007, the brand name rode into the sunset and it hasn't been heard from since. Shaking my damn head again.
Record and finish: For the first time in 14 years, the Phillies appeared in the Postseason, improbably winning the N.L. East with a record of 89-73. On September 12th, the Mets held a seven game lead in the division, but their 5-12 collapse down the stretch coupled with the Phillies 13-4 streak gave the Phils the pennant. It came down to the last game of the season, with the Phillies winning behind a strong pitching performance from Jamie Moyer while the Mets lost their game to the Marlins. Unfortunately, if you blinked you missed the Phillies in the Postseason, as the red-hot Rockies swept them in three games in the N.L.D.S.
Phillies "were the team to beat" in the N.L. East. He backed up his words, putting together an MVP season while hitting .296 with 30 home runs, 94 RBIs and 41 stolen bases. He became the first player in history to tally at least 200 hits, 20 triples, 30 home runs and 40 stolen bases.
|2007 Topps #265|
2007 Phillies in 2007 Topps
Cards needed for a complete team set: There are 21 Phillies cards found within series one and two and another 20 Phillies cards found within the update series.
- Cards of the eight starting position players - 8 cards
#UH99 Carlos Ruiz (c), #330 Ryan Howard (1b), #350 Chase Utley (2b), #265 Jimmy Rollins (ss), #UH100 Abraham Nunez (3b), #441 Pat Burrell (lf), #110 Aaron Rowand (cf), #372 Shane Victorino (rf)
|2007 Topps #55, #562, 2007 Topps Update #UH102 and #UH186|
- Cards of the starting pitching rotation - 5 cards
- Base cards of players who played with the Phillies in 2007 - 18 cards
#24 Tom Gordon, #108 Wes Helms, #193 Rod Barajas, #197 Freddy Garcia, #217 Chris Coste, #377 Zack Segovia, #406 Ryan Madson, #504 Brett Myers, #UH16 Francisco Rosario, #UH21 J.D. Durbin, #UH23 Tadahito Iguchi, #UH98 Greg Dobbs, #UH101 Jayson Werth, #UH103 Antonio Alfonseca, #UH198 Mike Zagurski, #UH199 Yoel Hernandez, #UH204 Kyle Lohse, #UH302 J.A. Happ
This has got to be some sort of a record. In total, 31 different players from the 2007 Phillies team are featured on Topps cards.
|2007 Topps #658|
- Base cards of players who didn't play with Phillies in 2007 - 0 cards
- Award cards - 1 card, #322 Ryan Howard (N.L. MVP)
- Classic Combos cards - 3 cards, #658 Aaron Rowand and Jimmy Rollins, #UH279 Chase Utley and Ichiro, #UH281 Cole Hamels and Russell Martin
Instead of being called "Classic Combos," these cards should have been called, "Combos." In the first instance, Rowand and Rollins are both Phillies, but that in and of itself doesn't make their combo classic. In the second instance, it looks as if Ichiro just happens to be running past Utley at the conclusion of a play during the 2007 All-Star Game. The third card features Hamels and Martin having a mound conference during the All-Star Game. None of these combos are classic and therefore none of these cards are necessary.
- 2007 N.L. All-Star cards - 3 cards, #UH225 Chase Utley, #UH240 Cole Hamels, #UH262 Aaron Rowand
- 2007 MLB Home Run Derby cards - 1 card, #UH290 Ryan Howard
- Team card - 1 card, #238
- Manager card - 1 card, #251 Charlie Manuel
Phillies on other teams: Lohse (#353 with the Reds) and Iguchi (#485 with the White Sox) appear with their former teams, as does short-timer Russell Branyan (#UH19 with the Padres). Reliever Romero, claimed off waivers in June from the Red Sox, appears on a few harder to find 2007 Topps cards - within the Red Sox retail team set (#BOS8) and within the bonus set of cards found within the Red Sox themed Topps factory set (#5 of 5).
|2007 Topps Chrome #359|
Cards that never were candidates: Honestly, there aren't many. I'd have cards for Bourn and Geary, as mentioned previously. Relievers Romero, Clay Condrey and Jose Mesa (brought back for a second tour of duty) merit cards as well. Condrey appeared in 39 games for the club, but got completely shut out from any Phillies baseball cards during the year - even the team-issued sets.
Favorite Phillies card: I absolutely love the card showing Utley and Ichiro in an action-packed photo from the All-Star Game. Just kidding . . . Howard's card has to be the best, showing his trademark sizing-the-pitcher-up pose from his 2006 N.L. MVP campaign. A close second is Rollins' card. I like that Topps opted to go horizontal with his card.
Recycled: Topps Opening Day used the same design as the base set, but with an all-white border in place of the black border. There is also a 14-card Topps Phillies set available to purchase from various retail outlets. I dismissed these sets at the time, so I don't know if there are any variations in the 2007 set from the base Topps set.
Did You Know?: Victorino tried to steal my son Doug during the Phillies Photo Day back in 2007. The day was smoking hot and we waited patiently on the field for the players to start making their way through the picture-taking crowd. A lot of the players were kind enough to pause for a picture with our seven-month-old son, but Victorino took the extra step of asking if he could hold Doug. It's a gesture I'll never forget, and it's the reason why Victorino is still Doug's favorite player, even though he now calls Boston home.