Monday, December 1, 2014

1971 Phillies Photocards


Number of Cards:  32
Card Size:  3 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Description:  As was the case with all Phillies photocards issued throughout the 1970s, these cards feature a black and white photo with the players' name below.  All cards contain a blue facsimile autograph.  The backs of the cards are blank and there's no indication on the cards themselves that they're from 1971.

How Distributed:  The cards were handed out to fans individually and supplied to the players in order to reply to fan mail or honor autograph requests.  I could be wrong, but I don't believe the cards were ever available in complete set form.

Complete Standard Checklist:
  • Larry Bowa
  • Darrell Brandon
  • Byron Browne
  • Jim Bunning
  • Bill Champion
  • Denny Doyle
  • Doc Edwards CO
  • Roger Freed
  • Woodie Fryman
  • Oscar Gamble
  • Terry Harmon
  • Larry Hisle
  • Joe Hoerner
  • Deron Johnson
  • Pete Koegel
  • Barry Lersch
  • Joe Lis
  • Frank Lucchesi MG
  • Greg Luzinski
  • Tim McCarver
  • Don Money
  • Willie Montanez
  • Bob Pfeil
  • Ken Reynolds
  • Mike Ryan
  • Dick Selma
  • Chris Short
  • Ron Stone
  • Tony Taylor
  • John Vukovich
  • Billy Wilson
  • Rick Wise
One and Done (1):  Pfeil
First Appearances (5):  Brandon, Freed, Koegel, Montanez, Vukovich
Returning Players (24):  Bowa, Browne, Bunning, Champion, Doyle, Fryman, Gamble, Harmon, Hisle, Hoerner, Johnson, Lersch, Lis, Luzinski, McCarver, Money, Reynolds, Ryan, Selma, Short, Stone, Taylor, Wilson, Wise

This set contains Pfeil's only Phillies baseball card.  The infielder appeared in 44 games for the 1971 Phillies.  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):  Lucchesi
Coaches (1):  Edwards
Phillie Phanatic (0)
Broadcasters (0)
Commemorative Cards (0)

Variations/Rarities:  The checklist found at The Trading Card Database lists two Bowa cards, with each card having a slightly different autograph placement.  One version features Bowa's autograph parallel to the bottom border of the photo, while the other version features his signature dipping down to the right.  The same checklist omits the Edwards and Koegel cards, which I've added based on Rick's comment below.

Based on Steve's comment below, there may be four additional cars available for Johnny Briggs and coaches Billy DeMars, George Myatt and Ray Rippelmeyer.  Steve's information comes from a reliable source, so I doubt the legend of the existence of these cards is purely apocryphal.

Also See:  1971 Arco Phillies
Trivia:  The Beckett.com online database doesn't include this set, nor is the set listed in any of my versions of the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards.
Resources:  The Trading Card Database; Phillies collecters Steve and Rick (@rickphils)

3 comments:

Rick Goldstein said...

Add Doc Edwards and Pete Koegel

Steve F. said...

I somehow forgot to post this in early December. Rick, the list I have from our mutual acquaintance included cards of Johnny Briggs, Billy DeMars, George Myatt and Ray Rippelmeyer--all coaches except for Briggs. Rick, have you ever come across these?

Jim said...

I've at least noted the four mystery cards in the original post for now . . .