Number of Cards: 51
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 sets issued in 1985 and 1986. Fronts feature a full color picture and the backs include brief biographical notes on each player.
How Distributed: All fans attending the April 12, 1987 Phillies game at Veterans Stadium received the 47-card set. The four blank-backed update cards (I believe) were sold separately at the stadium late in the season. I have a very vague recollection of purchasing the four-card update set for $1 at a game during the '87 season.
Complete Standard Checklist (47): The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
One and Done (7): Bair, Cowley, Jelks, Legg, Olander, Scanlan, Watts
First Appearances (12): Calhoun, Dowell, Easler, Freeman, Frohwirth, Hughes, M. Jackson, Newell, Parrish, Ritchie, Roenicke, Schatzeder
Returning Players (25): Aguayo, Bedrosian, Carman, Cipolloni, Daulton, G. Gross, K. Gross, Hayes, Hume, K. Jackson, James, Jeltz, Maddux, Rawley, Reynolds, Ruffin, Russell, Samuel, Schmidt, Schu, Stone, Tekulve, Thompson, Toliver, Wilson
As originally documented in this 1987 Phillies Missing Links post, this set is the only place to find Phillies baseball cards for Bair, Cowley, Jelks and Legg. (I have a little more on the other three guys below.) 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 (2): Felske, Elia
Coaches (1): Jim Davenport, Lee Elia, Claude Osteen, Mike Ryan and Del Unser are all featured on a card together.
Phillie Phanatic (1): I believe the photo used was taken as the Phanatic was atop the Phillies dugout in Clearwater.
Multi-Player Prospect Cards (2): Kaye/Loy, Barton/Lundblade
Other Cards (1): Team card
Variations/Rarities: Steve was kind enough to send me the scan below of the Phanatic variation available in 1987. The more prevalent version is the card on the right, while the rarer version is the card on the left featuring the Phanatic on his ATV.
- Phanatic on ATV
Based on Rick's comment below, it appears as if there's an additional variation of the Phanatic card featuring different writing on the back.
Trivia: There are a couple of things with this set that only a few of us would find interesting . . . As far as I can tell, this is the first team-issued set featuring solo cards of players that never actually played for the Phillies. Cipolloni, Olander, Scanlan and Watts never got the call to the big leagues with the Phils, nor did the four prospects featured on the multi-player cards for that matter.
There are two #39's in the original set - Scanlan and Cowley. I'm assuming Scanlan started the spring with #39 and Cowley requested the number upon his arrival from the White Sox late in the spring on March 26th. Cowley had worn #40 with the White Sox, but that number already belonged to Bedrosian.
Resources: Phillies SGA 1987; Beckett.com; Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils) and Steve F.