Monday, January 12, 2015

1972 Phillies Photocards

Number of Cards:  40
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.  With the exception of the card for coach Brandy Davis, 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 1972.

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.  Cards were released throughout the season, as evidenced by the inclusion of Joe Hoerner, Jim Nash and Gary Neibauer.  Hoerner was traded to the Braves on June 15th (with Andre Thornton) for Nash and Neibauer.

Complete Standard Checklist:
  • Mike Anderson
  • John Bateman
  • Bob Boone
  • Larry Bowa
  • Darrell Brandon
  • Byron Browne
  • Steve Carlton
  • Bill Champion
  • Brandy Davis CO
  • Billy DeMars CO
  • Denny Doyle
  • Doc Edwards CO
  • Roger Freed
  • Woodie Fryman
  • Oscar Gamble
  • Terry Harmon
  • Joe Hoerner
  • Tommy Hutton
  • Deron Johnson
  • Pete Koegel
  • Barry Lersch
  • Frank Lucchesi MG
  • Joe Lis
  • Greg Luzinski
  • Tim McCarver
  • Don Money
  • Willie Montanez
  • George Myatt CO
  • Jim Nash
  • Gary Neibauer
  • Ken Reynolds
  • Ray Rippelmeyer CO
  • Bill Robinson
  • Mike Ryan
  • Mac Scarce
  • Dick Selma
  • Mike Schmidt
  • Chris Short
  • Ron Stone
  • Wayne Twitchell
One and Done (2):  Bateman, Neibauer
First Appearances (9):  Anderson, Boone, Carlton, Hutton, Nash, Robinson, Scarce, Schmidt, Twitchell
Returning Players (23):  Bowa, Brandon, Browne, Champion, Doyle, Freed, Fryman, Gamble, Harmon, Hoerner, Johnson, Koegel, Lersch, Lis, Luzinski, McCarver, Money, Montanez, Reynolds, Ryan, Selma, Short, Stone

Long-time Astros and Expos catcher Bateman wrapped up his 10-year career with 82 games with the 1972 Phillies, and this set contains his sole Phillies baseball card.

Schmidt appeared within two sets in 1972, the year before his iconic rookie card appeared with the 1973 Topps set - this set and the Puerto Rico Stickers set, both of which are extremely difficult to find.  This set is also notable for containing the first Phillies cards of both Boone and Carlton.

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 (5):  Davis, DeMars, Edwards, Myatt, Rippelmeyer
Phillie Phanatic (0)
Broadcasters (0)
Commemorative Cards (0)

Variations/Rarities:  My only source for this set is the checklist found at The Trading Card Database and I'm not aware of any variations or rarities.

Also See:  1972 Topps #PR1 Mike Schmidt (This is a Phillies Room tribute to what Schmidt's 1972 Topps card could have looked like.)

Trivia:  I don't currently own any 1972 Phillies Photocards, and I had wanted to hold off on posting on any sets for which I have none of the cards.  However, in the interest of pressing onwards with this project, I've borrowed the images shown here from The Trading Card Database.
Resources:  The Trading Card Database

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