Monday, November 17, 2014

1997 Phillies Team Issue


Number of Cards:  36
Card Size:  4" x 6"
Description:  The fronts feature full color photos with the player's, coach's or manager's name in grey letters against a red stripe background.  The Interleague Play Inaugural Year logo is also featured on the fronts of the cards.  The card backs feature biographical information along with complete career statistics.

How Distributed:  The 36-card set was available for sale at Veterans Stadium throughout the season.  The 2001 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards notes that the set was sold for $10.  For the third year in a row, there was no update set issued.

Complete Standard Checklist:  The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
  • 2 - Rico Brogna
  • 3 - Chuck Cottier CO
  • 7 - Terry Francona MG
  • 8 - Mark Parent
  • 9 - Brad Mills CO
  • 10 - Darren Daulton
  • 12 - Mickey Morandini
  • 14 - Rex Hudler
  • 17 - Scott Rolen
  • 18 - John Vukovich CO
  • 19 - Kevin Stocker
  • 21 - Mark Portugal
  • 22 - Ron Blazier
  • 23 - Kevin Jordan
  • 24 - Mike Lieberthal
  • 25 - Gregg Jefferies
  • 29 - Wendell Magee, Jr.
  • 31 - Mark Leiter
  • 31 - Kevin Sefcik
  • 33 - Scott Ruffcorn
  • 34 - Derrick May
  • 35 - Bobby Munoz
  • 37 - Ruben Amaro
  • 38 - Curt Schilling
  • 40 - Reggie Harris
  • 41 - Erik Plantenberg
  • 42 - Galen Cisco CO
  • 45 - Danny Tartabull
  • 47 - Michael Mimbs
  • 48 - Jerry Spradlin
  • 50 - Calvin Maduro
  • 51 - Ken Ryan
  • 52 - Ricky Bottalico
  • 56 - Hal McRae CO
  • 59 - Joe Rigoli CO
  • Phillie Phanatic
One and Done (2):  Harris, Plantenberg
First Appearances (14):  Blazier, Brogna, Hudler, Leiter, Maduro, Magee Jr., May, Parent, Portugal, Rolen, Ruffcorn, Sefcik, Spradlin, Tartabull
Returning Players (12):  Amaro, Bottalico, Daulton, Jefferies, Jordan, Lieberthal, Mimbs, Morandini, Munoz, Ryan, Schilling, Stocker

Change was in the air in 1997, as less than half of the players or coaches featured in this set had appeared in previous team issued sets.  Relievers Harris and Plantenberg make their first and last appearances on Phillies baseball cards.

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.  (And I'm not including the rare 1996 Rolen team issued card documented within the 1996 Phillies Team Issue post.)

Manager (1):  Francona
Coaches (6):  Cisco, Cottier, McRae, Mills, Rigoli, Vukovich
Phillie Phanatic (1):  The Phanatic is once again pictured riding his ATV.
Broadcasters (0)
Commemorative Cards (0)

Variations/Rarities:  I wasn't aware of any variations or rarities to be found in connection with this set . . . until (once again) Rick weighed in with his comment below.  The following cards were available at the 1997 ALS Phillies Phestival:
  • 55 - Matt Beech
  • 58 - Wayne Gomes
Trivia:  Sefcik's card shows his uniform number as #31, even though Sefcik had switched to #11 at the start of spring training to accommodate veteran Leiter who took over the #31.  The Beckett database lists the entire 36-card set.
Resources:  Beckett.com; Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils)

2 comments:

@Rickphils said...

1997 ALS Updates: #55 Matt Beech, #58 Wayne Gomes

Jim said...

Thanks again Rick! Post has been updated.