Number of Cards: 45
Card Size: 4 1/8" x 6"
Description: For the second year in a row, the card fronts feature an action photo with the player's, coach's or manager's name in a red band with white text. The card backs feature biographical information along with complete career statistics. The set is sponsor-less, as Tastykake sponsored its final set in 1989 and the Medford Food Company wouldn't come along as the new sponsor until 1991.
How Distributed: It took me years to track down this set, and I finally found one in late September at The Philly Show. The dealer I bought the set from told me these cards were never sold in complete set form and that he had hand-collated the entire 1990 set. According to him, the cards were distributed four or five at a time throughout the season at Veterans Stadium. An eight-card update set was produced very late in the season, featuring what was most likely Dale Murphy's first Phillies baseball card. Murphy was acquired from the Braves on August 3rd.
Complete Standard Checklist (37): The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
First Appearances (15): Akerfelds, Boever, Booker, Campusano, Combs, DeJesus, Freeman, Greene, Grimsley, Hollins, Malone, Martinez, McElroy, Murphy, Vatcher
Returning Players (21): Carman, Cook, Daulton, Dykstra, Ford, C. Hayes, V. Hayes, Herr, Howell, Jones, Jordan, Kruk, Lake, McDowell, Moore, Mulholland, Noles, Parrett, Ready, Ruffin, Thon
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): Leyva
Coaches (1): The coach's card features Larry Bowa, Darold Knowles, Hal Lanier, Denis Menke, Mike Ryan and John Vukovich.
Phillie Phanatic (1): The Phanatic returns after a one year absence. The photo used pictures him atop the Phillies dugout.
Broadcasters (2): The core TV/radio broadcast team of Richie Ashburn, Harry Kalas, Andy Musser and Chris Wheeler are featured on a card. The PRISM broadcast team of Jim Barniak, Garry Maddox and Mike Schmidt are featured on another.
Commemorative Cards (4): Ashburn, Carlton, Roberts and Schmidt
Schmidt's #20 was retired in a pre-game ceremony on May 26th, and cards of the four players to have their numbers retired - Ashburn, Roberts, Carlton and Schmidt - are included in the set. Also of interest is Schmidt's first card as a broadcaster, featuring him with his fellow PRISM broadcasters. Schmidt's first stint as a broadcaster lasted just the one season.
For those of you not in the Philadelphia area, PRISM was the Philadelphia-based HBO equivalent that broadcast a handful of Phillies games every year between 1976 and 1997.
Variations/Rarities: Fellow collector Rick left a few comments on this post and sent me an e-mail with scans showing cards made available at the 1990 ALS fund raising event (now the Phillies Phestival) at Veterans Stadium. The Phillies issued cards celebrating the ten year anniversary of the 1980 World Champions, issuing the ten cards listed below. Solo cards were also issued for coaches Bowa and Lanier.
Trivia: The Beckett database incorrectly lists the set as "1990 Phillies Tastykake" even through the Tastykake logo or name is nowhere to be found on the set. The Beckett database also omits the eight update cards. The 2001 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards lists the set at "1990 Phillies Photocards," and omits the Vatcher card from the main set. For years, my want list for this set included only 44 cards as most published checklists for the set omit the Vatcher card.
Resources: Beckett.com; Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils)