Number of Cards: 47
Card Size: 3 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Description: The 1984 Tastykake set got a little more ambitious than its predecessor by adding cards for all the coaches and a broadcaster card. The fronts are nearly identical to the 1983 set, with the exception of the Phillies script logo added to the top. The photographer also requested that everyone remove their hats for this set, which was unfortunate for some of the subjects. The backs of the cards feature a facsimile autograph of the player, coach or manager, and some of the cards include words of encouragement.
I really wish the Phillies had chosen, "Wherever you go, there you are" for the back of Larry Andersen's card.
How Distributed: All fans 14 and under attending the Phillies game at Veterans Stadium on April 21, 1984, received a complete 40-card set, shrink-wrapped and containing a logo/checklist card on the top. The back of the logo/checklist card advertised that additional sets could be purchased from the Phillies via mail order for $3.
The remaining seven cards were issued as an update to the 40-card set at some point late in the season. Based on my research and correspondence with fellow collectors, it's possible the update cards were released in two groups. The first group consisting of four cards (Carman, Russell, Stone and Wehrmeister) and the second group consisting of three more cards (Daulton, Fireovid and Jeltz).
UPDATE to the Update (10/20/14): Per Rick's comment below, apparently the Phillies produced a seven card sheet late in the season that was never released to the general public. A local baseball card dealer (anyone have his name or contact information?) had the sheets professionally cut and sold the additional seven cards as a set.
Further Update (6/10/16): Please see this post for a scan provided by reader and fellow collecter Steve F. of an uncut sheet showing the seven "update" cards.
Complete Standard Checklist (40): The cards themselves aren't numbered, but I'm presenting the checklist below based on the numbered checklist found on the back of the logo card.
Lending credence to my two update set theory is the fact that the first four players in the update set all made their 1984 debuts with the Phillies between the beginning of June and the beginning of July. I've listed the dates of their Phillies debuts above. From the second set of cards, Fireovid and Jeltz were September call-ups and Daulton never appeared in a game with the Phils in 1984. I've honestly never seen the Fireovid or Jeltz cards, and I'd doubt their existence if not for the fact that I added the Daulton card to my collection last year via eBay. (Thanks again to Matt from Phillies SGA for the head's up!)
One and Done (2): Fireovid, Wehrmeister
First Appearances (19): Andersen, Campbell, Carman, Corcoran, Daulton, Garcia, Ghelfi, K. Gross, Hudson, Jeltz, Koosman, Lefebvre, Lezcano, Matuszek, Russell, Samuel, Stone, Wilson, Wockenfuss
Returning Players (12): Aguayo, Bystrom, Carlton, DeJesus, Denny, Diaz, G. Gross, Hayes, Maddox, McGraw, Schmidt, Virgil
If you're in the market for a Phillies card of either Fireovid or Wehrmeister, this is the set for you. 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.
Manager (1): Owens
Coaches (5): Bristol, Felske, Johnson, Osteen, Ryan
Phillie Phanatic (1): Uses the same ATV photo from the 1983 Tastykake set.
Broadcasters (1): Chris Wheeler, Harry Kalas, Andy Musser and Richie Ashburn
Commemorative Cards (2): Carlton and Schmidt get Future Hall of Famer cards. The back of the Carlton card features a list of all-time victories leaders, while the back of the Schmidt card features a list of all-time home run leaders.
Other Cards (3): Logo/checklist card, team photo and Veterans Stadium
Variations/Rarities: There are no known variations or rarities, although I've had a difficult time tracking down the 7-card update set. Through the kindness of fellow bloggers, I'm down to needing just the Fireovid and Jeltz cards.
Also See: The Curious Case of Dave Wehrmeister; Memories of 1984 Phillies Photo Day
Trivia: Beckett's online database does not include the three final update cards.
Resources: Phillies SGA 1984; Beckett.com; 14,000 Phillies - Dave Wehrmeister, Worst Phillies Card of All Time; Fellow collector Steve F.