Tuesday, March 18, 2014

2014 Topps Heritage #57 Ryne Sandberg MG

The Phillies were rained out yesterday, so I'll use this opportunity to post on a few completely unrelated items.

The First Phillie, Heritage Edition:  I still don't know if our local Target has any Topps Heritage in stock, but fortunately my impulse purchase from Blowout Cards arrived yesterday.  Doug, Jenna and I dug into a box and Doug* was the recipient of the First Phillie card seen here - new Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg.  I'll have a more in-depth look at the Phillies cards in Topps Heritage in a future post, and I'll also be posting a want list soon as this is the first year since 2008 that we'll be trying to complete a full set.

*Truth be told, Jenna found the First Phillie, but she deftly returned the cards with Sandberg included to their wrapper and let Doug have the honors.

Green Uniforms:  The Phillies were set to wear their green uniform tops again this St. Patrick's Day, but  they were thwarted by the rain.  I hope the Phils decide to wear them anyway, even if it's a few days late.  Here's a look back at a few St. Patrick's Days from the past:

Memory Lane
2010 - Mike Schmidt and the entire 1986 team go green.
2011 - Chase Utley models the green jerseys worn during Spring Training 2006.
2012 - A smiling card of Tugger and Roy Halladay models a green jersey.
2013 - Irish Mike Ryan's 1972 Topps card and Freddy Galvis in green.

Camp Head Count:  Still at 44.  The Phillies acquired catcher Koyie Hill yesterday from the Nationals for cash or a player to be named later.  I originally thought Hill would join the ranks of non-roster invitees, but he's headed straight for minor league camp.  Hill's last major baseball card appearance came in the 2011 Topps Update set as a member of the Cubs.

For what it's worth, this time last year the Phillies were already down to just 36 players in camp.  I would expect another round of roster cuts soon.

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