|1989 Tastykake Phillies Update #18|
I'm nearing the end of this series of posts, so I thought I'd look back and reflect upon what I've learned and why I've undertaken this particular task.
|2004 Phillies Team Issue #53|
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I like to think of myself as a fairly knowledgeable Phillies baseball card collector, and until I began these posts I was confident in the knowledge that I knew exactly which Phillies photocards/team issued cards I needed in order to have a "complete" set. I was so wrong.
Through comments and e-mails sent primarily from fellow collectors Rick and Steve, I've learned that there are a ton of late season additions, one time giveaways and blank backed or facsimile autograph cards that I had no idea existed.
I've also become more familiar with the photocards from the 1970s and I've added a couple dozen of these cards to my collection through eBay searches for "Phillies postcard," or "Phillies photo card," or even just "Phillies photo."
2. The experts and the usual resources may not know what constitutes a full and complete checklist for these sets.
Despite the valuable resources The Trading Card Database and even Beckett have proven to be, these online checklists aren't complete. As Rick points out in one of his comments, some of these cards were never meant for the public and he's obtained them either by luck or by knowing the right people and being in the right place at the right time.
As an example, catcher Brian Schneider was scheduled to appear at an autograph signing at the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park following his acquisition as a free agent in the 2009/2010 offseason. Cards were made up for Schneider in the style of the 2009 Phillies Team Issue set, but the appearance had to be cancelled due to inclement weather. Rick managed to snag a few of the unused and unissued Schneider cards and the rest of the cards were either recycled or presumably stored away in a box somewhere deep in the confines of the ballpark.
As many Phillies events that Rick attends, I can't imagine he's attended every single autograph signing or random alumni appearance over the past two decades so there are undoubtedly other one-off cards or card variations that have missed even his watchful eye.
|1973 Phillies Photocards|
I'm a natural checklist maker. I like taking a group of information that's seemingly disconnected and unorganized and putting it together into a meaningful, useful resource. Anyone stumbling across my blog is now going to be able to click on the "Phillies Team Issued Sets" page link at the top and come to a gallery of linked profiles for each set. It's been fun putting together these posts and interacting with fellow collectors.
4. That guy had a Phillies baseball card?
Cy Acosta, Dane Iorg, Scott Munninghoff, Felipe Crespo, Lou Collier and dozens of other short-time Phillies players have appeared on these team issued cards and I had no idea of the existence of these cards until recently. There's something irrationally wrong about a grown, married man with children getting excited when discovering for the first time that Lou Collier does in fact have a Phillies baseball card. But that's who I am, and so be it.
As a direct result of this project, I now know that . . .
5. My Missing Links posts, detailing those Phillies players with no or only a few baseball cards, are wrong and outdated.
This is a project for another day. I have players listed as having only one Phillies baseball card and I now know that they actually had several Phillies baseball cards sprinkled throughout these team issued sets.
Thanks again to everyone who has contributed to this project and thanks for following along.