Number of Cards: 35
Card Size: 3 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Description: This is the first of eight years during which Tastykake sponsored the Phillies team issued set. The cards feature black and white pictures, with a mix of action shots and portraits. Some of the cards include blue facsimile autographs on the fronts, and the backs of all cards are blank.
How Distributed: My best guess is that these cards weren't ever distributed in set form, although I could be wrong. I've only been actively searching for these cards for a few years now, but I've only ever come across single card auctions from the set. The cards were most likely handed out to fans individually and supplied to the players in order to reply to fan mail or honor autograph requests. (See below under Variations/Rarities for more on the distribution of this set.)
The one card from the set in my collection (as of this writing) is the McGraw card featured above. The blue facsimile autograph looks surprisingly genuine.
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First Appearances (11): Altamirano, M. Davis, DeJesus, Dernier, Diaz, Farmer, Krukow, Matuszek, Monge, Roberts, Virgil
Returning Players (18): Aguayo, Brusstar, Bystrom, Carlton, Christenson, D. Davis, Gross, Lyle, Maddox, Matthews, McGraw, Reed, Rose, Ruthven, Schmidt, Trillo, Unser, Vukovich
Manager (1): Corrales
Coaches (5): Bristol, Johnson, Osteen, Ryan, Wine
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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.
Variations/Rarities: The Beckett database entry for this set omits the Bystrom card and adds three variations for a total of 37 cards in the master set.
- Bo Diaz (portrait)
- Karen Eberhard (ball girl)
- Manny Trillo (with hat)
As Rick points out in a comment to this post, the Phillies issued two versions of this set. The first version released earlier in the year included cards of the coaches and most cards contain a blue facsimile autograph on the fronts of the cards. Later in the year, a second 25-card set was released with no coaches, no facsimile autographs and no Tastykake logo. This set contains a Bill Robinson card, not found within the first set as Robinson was acquired in June from the Pirates for Dick Davis.
- Bill Robinson - no autograph, no Tastykake Logo
Trivia: I spent a few minutes Googling Karen Eberhard Ball Girl until it started to feel creepy, so I stopped. I know the current ballgirls hand out "cards" at their promotional stops, but these cards aren't in the style or size of the current year's team issued set. I wonder what made the Phillies decide to issue a separate card of one of their ball girls in 1982?
Resources: The Trading Card Database; Beckett.com; Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils)