Number of Cards: 46
Card Size: 4 1/8" x 6"
Description: The Phillies came up with this card design . . . and then took the next six years off. The 1989 to 1995 team issued sets are all identical in design, containing the player's, coach's or manager's name in a red band with white text. The card backs feature biographical information along with complete career statistics. This set is notable as it's the last set (to date) to be sponsored by Tastykake.
How Distributed: A 32-card set was given away to all fans on May 13, 1989 at Veterans Stadium and a 37-card set was available for sale at the ballpark throughout the season. Both sets contain identical photos, but the 32-card giveaway set cards feature a darker tint and are not as vibrant as their 37-card counterparts. The 32-card sets can be found in uncut sheets and thanks to fellow collector Rick, I recently added these cards to my collection via an eBay auction. As (I believe) the 37-card set is more prevalent, I've listed the stadium giveaway 32-card set (and its variations) under the Variations/Rarities section below.
Given the ton of roster moves made by the club in the first half of the season, a nine-card update set was issued and available for purchase at souvenir stands throughout the Vet. This was the second year in a row that a nine-card update set was released.
Complete Standard Checklist (37): The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
First Appearances (18): Cook, Dykstra, Ford, C. Hayes, Herr, Howell, Kruk, Lake, Madrid, McDowell, McWilliams, Mulholland, Murphy, Ontiveros, Parrett, Ready, Thon, Youmans
Returning Players (15): Bedrosian, Carman, Daulton, Dernier, Frohwirth, Harris, V. Hayes, James, Jeltz, Jones, Jordan, Maddux, Ruffin, Samuel, Schmidt
This is the only set featuring Phillies baseball cards of the five players listed in the One and Done category. The First Appearance designation is for players who have never before appeared on a Phillies team issued set. These players may have already appeared on other Phillies baseball cards.
Manager (1): Leyva
Coaches (6): Bowa, Knowles, Menke, Ryan, Taylor, Vukovich
Phillie Phanatic (0)
Commemorative Cards (0)
Other Cards (1): Header/sponsor card
Variations/Rarities: The 32-card stadium giveaway set omitted the following five cards - Header/sponsor card, Nieto, Jones, O'Neal and Madrid. In addition to these omissions, this set contains the following name placement variations:
- 5 - Mike Ryan CO, name is top center (instead of top left)
- 15 - Floyd Youmans, name is bottom right (instead of bottom left)
- 41 - Steve Ontiveros, name is top center (instead of top right)
- 42 - Don Carman, name is bottom center (instead of bottom left)
- 43 - Ken Howell, name is bottom center (instead of bottom left)
- 47 - Bruce Ruffin, name is top center (instead of bottom left)
Also See: 1989 Phillies - The Missing Links, 1989 Topps Phillies
Trivia: Beckett's online database omits the header card. The Beckett database also lists the James card as an uncorrected error card, given that James wore #18 in 1989, but the back of his card lists #26. James had switched from #26 mid-way through the 1988 season. Kudos to Beckett for even noticing this in the first place.
Resources: 14,000 Phillies; Phillies SGA; Beckett.com; Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils)