Number of Cards: 32
Card Size: 3 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Description: As was the case with all Phillies photocards issued since 1970, these cards feature a black and white photo with the players' name below. The backs of the cards are blank and there's no indication on the cards themselves that they're from 1981. Some of the cards contain blue facsimile autographs as noted on the checklist below. There are six cards available with a horizontal orientation as also noted below.
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:
First Appearances (5): Bystrom, Davis, Lyle, Matthews, Proly
Returning Players (20): Aguayo, Aviles, Boone, Bowa, Carlton, Christenson, Espinosa, Gross, Maddox, McBride, McGraw, Moreland, Reed, Rose, Ruthven, Schmidt, Smith, Trillo, Unser, Vukovich
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): Green
Coaches (6): Amaro, DeMars, Elia, Ryan, Starrette, Wine
Phillie Phanatic (0)
Commemorative Cards (0)
Variations/Rarities: Rick confirms the existence of Tim McCarver's first ever broadcaster card, and Steve's checklist indicates the possibility of variations for Maddox and Proly.
- Tim McCarver (broadcaster)
- Garry Maddox (variation available?)
- Mike Proly (variation available?)
Also See: 1981 Topps Home Team 5 x 7 Phillies
Trivia: The Lyle card contains an uncorrected error with the spelling of his first name as "Sparkey."
I don't currently own any 1981 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; Phillies collectors Steve and Rick (@rickphils)