Number of Cards: 46
Card Size: 4" x 6"
Description: For the sixth year in a row, the card fronts feature a photo with 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. The card backs also feature the club's 1993 N.L. Champions logo. From this point forward (as of this writing), the Phillies team issued sets have been sponsor-less. Medford Food Company sponsored its third and final set in 1993.
How Distributed: The original 36-card set was available for sale at Veterans Stadium throughout the season. A ten-card update series was produced and sold at the ballpark in the second half of the season, before the strike ended the season prematurely on August 11th.
Complete Standard Checklist (36): The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
First Appearances (12): Borland, Charlton, Hatcher, Jones, Juden, Lieberthal, Longmire, Marsh, Munoz, Quantrill, Slocumb, Valenzuela
Returning Players (24): Andersen, Batiste, Chamberlain, Daulton, Duncan, Dykstra, Eisenreich, Green, Greene, Hollins, Incaviglia, Jackson, Jordan, Kruk, Mason, Morandini, Pratt, Ready, Rivera, Schilling, Stocker, Thompson, West, Williams
The Jones card in the original 36-card set lists his date of birth of January 2, 1972. This was corrected with a second Jones card (with an identical photo) issued with the update set.
Andy Carter's only Phillies baseball card can be found within the update set. 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): Fregosi
Coaches (6): Bowa, Menke, Podres, Roberts, Ryan, Vukovich
Phillie Phanatic (1): The Phanatic is shown atop the Phillies dugout, wearing his blue hat which was briefly introduced at certain home games during the 1994 season.
Commemorative Cards (1): 1994 Phillies All-Stars, featuring Vukovich, Fregosi, Podres, Dykstra, Jones, Jackson and Duncan.
Variations/Rarities: The update series is fairly difficult to track down. I attended a few games at the Vet that July, adding the set to my collection. Phillies collector Rick also points out the following variations in his comment below.
- 15 - Dick Allen (with 1994 copyright)
- 23 - Doug Jones (corrected birthday of 6/24/57)
Finally, Rick also adds that some of the popular players (including Kruk) had cards issued including a facsimile autograph.
Also See: Mellon PSFS (a local Philadelphia based bank) sponsored a 25 card set handed out to all kids 14 and under at the June 26th game. As this is also a team-issued set, I'd like to eventually put together a post for these cards as well. (H/T to Phillies SGA for the date of the giveaway.)
Trivia: The Beckett database lists the set as "1994 Phillies Medford" even though Medford Food Company was not the sponsor of this set. The listing also omits the ten card update set. The set's listing in the 2001 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards lists the set as "1994 Phillies Photocards" and includes only the base 36 cards.
Resources: Beckett.com; Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils)