Number of Cards: 77
Card Size: 3 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Description: These postcards featured black and white portraits of Phillies players (and managers) to have suited up for the team between 1950 and 1969. Most of the postcards contain black facsimile autographs on the fronts, and the backs are blank.
How Distributed: The cards were produced throughout the '50s and '60s by the Phillies as needed and as new players joined the club. There's no way to tell which year any particular card is from, other than each player's card would have been issued during his tenure with the Phillies. For example, the Johnny Callison card featured above could have been issued at any point, and over several different years, between 1960 and 1969, the years Callison played for the Phillies.
Vintage-wise, Dick Sisler is the earliest ex-Phillie, having left the club following the 1951 season. Deron Johnson is the latest Phillie on the checklist, having joined the club in 1969.
Complete Standard Checklist: This list could grow, although I suspect that any new postcard discoveries would have been made by now. With the advent of the internet age, the mysteries surrounding these types of issuances are slowly dissipating.
First Appearances (61): There are 62 known players to have appeared in these postcard sets. C. Smith and 61 other players who appeared elsewhere on Phillies baseball cards throughout the years. (The First Appearance designation is for players who have never before appeared within a Phillies team issued set. These players may have already appeared on other Phillies baseball cards.)
Managers (3): Sawyer, Mauch, Skinner
Phillie Phanatic (0): The Phanatic was still just a mere twinkle in Bill Giles' eye when these postcards were originally released.
Commemorative Cards (0)
Other Cards (0)
Variations/Rarities (12): I've listed in the standard checklist above the variations to be found for Allen, Dalrymple, Farrell, Gonzalez, L. Jackson, Sawyer, Short, Skinner, Taylor, Wine and White.
Trivia: The players with the most games with the Phillies in the 1950s without a team issued postcard are - Eddie Waitkus (559 games), Ted Kazanski (417 games) and Johnny Wyrostek (315 games). From the 1960s, the top three players by games played but not appearing on a Phillies postcard are - Ruben Amaro (668 games), Pancho Herrera (271 games) and Don Lock (215 games).
Resources: Fellow Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils) provided the scans below. The checklists were originally compiled by collector Dan E. and Rick has made notations on the lists throughout the years based on his discoveries of new variations. Thanks again to Rick for sharing these lists and the scans! (Click on each to enlarge.)