Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Phillies Minor League Mascots

2010 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #30, 2011 Multi-Ad Lakewood BlueClaws #36,
2012 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #30 and 2012 Choice Williamsport Crosscutters #35
While trying to stay interested in last night's Home Run Derby, I decided to tackle a request sent to me from reader Brad.  Brad recently acquired the Phillie Phanatic card from the elusive 1991 Medford Phillies Update set, completing his full run of all team-issued Phanatic cards.  This is quite an impressive feat, as the sets from the early '80s are nearly impossible to track down, as are the various update sets released throughout the '90s.

With the team-issued Phanatic master set out of the way, Brad decided to start a new mascot project and attempt to collect the mascot cards from all the Phillies minor league affiliates.  He reached out to me for a list of minor league mascot cards in my collection, as a good starting point for his quest, and that list is presented below.  If you know of any additional cards that I don't have listed, please leave a comment or send me an e-mail so that I can pass the information along to Brad.

Buster, the Lakewood BlueClaws mascot, is currently the dean of Phillies minor league mascots.  And I'd have to say that it's a tie between The Pork Racers and Bo the Weevil for my favorite mascot card.

2012 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #30 Barbie Q.
2012 Multi-Ad Lakewood BlueClaws #35 Buster
2012 Choice Williamsport Crosscutters #35 Boomer

2011 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #30 FeRROUS and FeFe
2011 Grandstand Clearwater Threshers #30 Phinley
2011 Multi-Ad Lakewood BlueClaws #36 Buster

2010 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #28 FeFe
2010 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #29 FeRROUS
2010 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #30 The Pork Racers
2010 Multi-Ad Lakewood BlueClaws #36 Buster

2009 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #29 FeRROUS and FeFe
2009 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #30 Champ
2009 Multi-Ad Lakewood BlueClaws #34 Buster

2008 Multi-Ad Lakewood BlueClaws #34 Buster

2007 Multi-Ad Lakewood BlueClaws #34 Buster

2004 Choice Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #32, 2004 Multi-Ad Reading Phillies #29,
2006 Grandstand Clearwater Threshers #30 and 2009 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #29
2006 Choice Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #31 The Grump
2006 Grandstand Clearwater Threshers #30 Phinley
2006 Multi-Ad Lakewood BlueClaws #30 Buster

2005 Choice Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #14 The Grump
2005 Batavia Muckdogs Team Issue Maxwell T. Chomper III

2004 Choice Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #32 The Grump
2004 Multi-Ad Reading Phillies #29 The Mascot Team
2004 Choice Lakewood BlueClaws #30 Buster
2004 Batavia Muckdogs Team Issue Maxwell T. Chomper III

2003 Multi-Ad Lakewood BlueClaws #34 Buster

2002 Multi-Ad Reading Phillies #30 Mission 6W Man
2002 Multi-Ad Lakewood BlueClaws #30 Buster
2002 Batavia Muckdogs Team Issue Maxwell T. Chomper III

2001 Multi-Ad Lakewood BlueClaws #32 Buster
2001 Batavia Muckdogs Team Issue Maxwell T. Chomper III
2001 Agway Batavia 10 Year Anniversary #15 Maxwell T. Chomper III and Chipper the Clipper

2000 Q Cards Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #29 The Grump
2000 Batavia Muckdogs Team Issue Maxwell T. Chomper III

1999 Multi-Ad Piedmont Boll Weevils Bo the Weevil
1999 Batavia Muckdogs Team Issue Maxwell T. Chomper III

1998 Q Cards Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #14 The Grump

1997 Best Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #23 The Grump

1998 Q Cards Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #14, 1999 Multi-Ad Piedmont Boll Weevils,
2001 Batavia Muckdogs Team Issue and 2002 Multi-Ad Reading Phillies #30

5 comments:

shlabotnikreport said...

What, nothing for Reading's Crazy Hot Dog Vendor? Or does he not count as a mascot?

Jim said...

I know! I definitely consider him a mascot, but as far as I know, Reading has never given him a card.

This is a horrific oversight.

Steve F. said...

Great list! And congrats to Brad for tracking down his final Phanatic card.

In 1986, the Reading Phils had a (lame) mascot named Sillie Phillie, sort of a knock-off of the Phanatic. They put out a ProCards card of him that was not part of the regular set. I imagine it was given out to kids, but I'm not certain. It is pretty hard to find.

Steve F. said...

By the way, in a previous post you said you were moving toward 3rd base because of the direct sunlight. I took the whole family on Saturday for the afternoon game and we sat in 208 (just past first base). Man was the sun hard to take!

Another loss for me, too. My record is 2-3, but one of the two wins was on Chooch bobblehead night, a school night for the 6 kids in our group, and so we had to leave after 10 only to hear Mayberry's walk-off slam win it in the 11th on the ride home. It hardly counts as a win....

Jim said...

Never heard of Sillie Phillie until now - awesome!