Friday, October 24, 2014

1986 Tastykake Phillies

Number of Cards:  49
Card Size:  3 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Description:  With the exception of the copyright date on the bottom right, these cards are identical in design to the set issued in 1985.  Fronts feature a full color picture and the backs include brief biographical notes on each player, coach or manager.  The multi-player Future Phillies cards return for a second year in a row and each of the four National League pennant winning teams from the franchise's past get their own team cards.  I'm not sure why the set's designer felt the need to commemorate each of these four teams in 1986, but the cards are cool nevertheless.

How Distributed:  The set's entry in the 2001 Standard Catalog Baseball Cards notes that the "cards were given away at the Phillies' annual baseball card promotion."  Looking over at Phillies SGA and double checking a promotional schedule found within a 1986 copy of Phillies Today - The Official Scorecard Magazine, there's no mention of a baseball card giveaway day.  My best guess is that these sets were available for sale at Veterans Stadium throughout the season.

Complete Standard Checklist:  The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
  • 2 - Jim Davenport CO
  • 3 - Claude Osteen CO
  • 4 - Lee Elia CO
  • 5 - Mike Ryan CO
  • 6 - John Russell
  • 7 - John Felske MG
  • 8 - Juan Samuel
  • 9 - Von Hayes
  • 10 - Darren Daulton
  • 11 - Tom Foley
  • 12 - Glenn Wilson
  • 14 - Jeff Stone
  • 15 - Rick Schu
  • 16 - Luis Aguayo
  • 20 - Mike Schmidt
  • 21 - Greg Gross
  • 22 - Gary Redus
  • 23 - Joe Lefebvre
  • 24 - Milt Thompson
  • 25 - Del Unser CO
  • 26 - Chris James
  • 27 - Kent Tekulve
  • 28 - Shane Rawley
  • 29 - Ronn Reynolds
  • 30 - Steve Jeltz
  • 31 - Garry Maddox
  • 32 - Steve Carlton
  • 33 - David Shipanoff
  • 35 - Randy Lerch
  • 36 - Robin Roberts HOF
  • 39 - Dave Rucker
  • 40 - Steve Bedrosian
  • 41 - Tom Hume
  • 42 - Don Carman
  • 43 - Fred Toliver
  • 46 - Kevin Gross
  • 47 - Larry Andersen
  • 48 - Dave Stewart
  • 49 - Charles Hudson
  • 50 - Rocky Childress
  • Ramon Carabello/Joe Cipolloni
  • Arturo Gonzalez/Mike Maddux
  • Francisco Melendez/Ricky Jordan
  • Kevin Ward/Randy Day
  • 1915 Phillies Team
  • 1950 Phillies Team
  • 1980 Phillies Team
  • 1983 Phillies Team
  • June 11, 1985 - A Night to Remember
One and Done (0)
First Appearances (11):  Bedrosian, Foley, Hume, Redus, Reynolds, Rucker, Shipanoff, Stewart, Tekulve, Thompson, Toliver
Returning Players (22):  Aguayo, Andersen, Carman, Carlton, Childress, Daulton, G. Gross, K. Gross, Hayes, Hudson, James, Jeltz, Lefebvre, Lerch, Maddox, Rawley, Russell, Samuel, Schmidt, Schu, Stone, Wilson

Manager (1):  Felske
Coaches (5):  Davenport, Elia, Osteen, Ryan, Unser
Phillie Phanatic (0)
Broadcasters (0)
Commemorative Cards (1):  Roberts
Future Phillies (4):  Carabello/Cipolloni, Gonzalez/Maddux, Melendez/Jordan, Ward/Day
Other Cards (5):  Four pennant winning team cards; June 11, 1985 commemorative card

Robin Roberts was presumably a guest instructor during spring training 1986, hence his inclusion in the set.  I always think it's odd seeing former Phillies wear current uniforms that they themselves didn't wear during their playing days.  Seeing Roberts in maroon pinstripes is just strange.

The "night to remember" featured on the final card commemorates the night the Phillies defeated the Mets 26-7, thanks in part to two first inning home runs from Hayes.  Hayes, Wilson, Samuel, Schmidt, Maddox and Wilson are all featured on the card in a Dick Perez painting.

Variations/Rarities:  There are no known variations or rarities to be found for this set.  Once you have the original 49-card set, you're done.

Also See:  Scrapbook Sunday: February 21, 1986
Trivia:  Long-time Phillies employee Kenny Bush is featured on the 1950, 1980 and 1983 team photo cards.  Bush was the batboy for the 1950 Whiz Kids and the clubhouse manager in 1980 and 1983.
Resources:  Phillies SGA 1986Beckett.com

2 comments:

shlabotnikreport said...

That lovely Rick Schu postcard figuratively whacked me upside the head and reminded me that we are entering the "sweet spot" period for the Phillies I collect because I saw them in the minors... Mr. Schu, Darren Daulton, Don Carman, Steve Jeltz... I think I may have seen Joe Cipolloni as well, but I'd have to dig out my scorecards to be sure.

Keep 'em coming and even this Mets fan will be updating his wantlists.

Jim said...

These posts have been fun to put together and I wish I had more time to churn out one per day.

I love this Schu card with the yellow and orange Vet seats in the background. Pure '80s Phillies joy.