Saturday, November 25, 2023

1995 Philadelphia Phillies Photo Cards

Number of Cards:  36
Card Size:  4" x 6"

Description:  For the seventh and final year, the card fronts feature a 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.  At the time, I considered it a major step forward that the set's designer had actually modified the appearance of the backs of the cards.

How Distributed:  The original 36-card set was available for sale at Veterans Stadium throughout the season.  There was no update set issued, marking the first time since 1986 no new cards were issued later in the season.

Complete Set Checklist (Unnumbered, presented here alphabetically with uniform number and position from the back of cards): 

1. Kyle Abbott (#39 - LHP)
2. Toby Borland (#42 - RHP)
3. Ricky Bottalico (#52 - RHP)
4. Larry Bowa (#2 - Third Base Coach)        
5. Norm Charlton (#37 - LHP)
6. Darren Daulton (#10 - C)
7. Mariano Duncan (#7 - INF)
8. Lenny Dykstra (#4 - CF)
9. Jim Eisenreich (#8 - RF)
10. Jim Fregosi (#11 - MG)
11. Dave Gallagher (#17 - OF)
12. Tyler Green (#28 - RHP)
13. Gene Harris (#33 - RHP)
14. Charlie Hayes (#13 - 3B)
15. Dave Hollins (#15 - 1B)
16. Gregg Jefferies (#25 - LF)
17. Tony Longmire (#16 - OF)
18. Denis Menke (#14 - Hitting Instructor)        
19. Michael Mimbs (#45 - LHP)
20. Mickey Morandini (#12 - 2B)
21. Bobby Munoz (#35 - RHP)
22. Johnny Podres (#46 - Pitching Coach)
23. Paul Quantrill (#48 - RHP)
24. Randy Ready (#23 - INF)
25. Mel Roberts (#26 - First Base Coach)
26. Mike Ryan (#9 - Bullpen Coach)        
27. Curt Schilling (#38 - RHP)
28. Heathcliff Slocumb (#51 - RHP)
29. Kevin Stocker (#19 - SS)
30. Gary Varsho (#5 - OF)
31. John Vukovich (#18 - Dugout Assistant)
32. Lenny Webster (#27 - C)
33. David West (#40 - LHP)
34. Richie Asburn HOF (#1 - CF)
35. Mike Schmidt HOF (#20 - 3B)
36. Phillies Team

One and Only Phillies Baseball Card (0):  N/A
First Appearance in Phillies Photo Card Set (7):  Bottalico, Gallagher, Harris, Jefferies, Mimbs, Varsho, Webster
Returning Players in Phillies Photo Card Set (19):  Abbott, Borland, Charlton, Daulton, Duncan, Dykstra, Eisenreich, Green, Hayes, Hollins, Longmire, Morandini, Munoz, Quantrill, Ready, Schilling, Slocumb, Stocker, West

Managers (1):  Fregosi
Coaches (6):  Bowa, Menke, Podres, Roberts, Ryan, Vukovich
Phillie Phanatic (0):  N/A
Broadcasters (0):  N/A
Other Cards (2):  Asburn, Schmidt

The Ryan card uses the same photo as his 1994 photo card.  Ashburn and Schmidt were both inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 30, 1995.  The backs of their cards indicate their Hall of Fame status and list career highlights.

Set Composition:  Of the 26 players featured in the set, 25 were on the Phillies' opening day roster and one (Munoz) started the season on the disabled list.

Omissions:  The Phillies carried 28 players for the first 17 games of the season, due to the strike-shortened spring training.  That means three players on the opening day roster were omitted from this set - Mike Lieberthal (c), Andy Carter (lhp) and Mike Williams (rhp).  Tommy Greene (rhp) also started the season on the disabled list, and he was omitted while Munoz got a card.  

There are a bunch of good candidates had the Phillies decided to issue an update set.  If we go with the same 10 card set-size from 1994, and use the Mark Whiten acquisition on July 24th as the cut-off, my imaginary update set would include:  Kevin Elster, Sid Fernandez, Tommy Greene, Mike Lieberthal, Tom Marsh, Omar Olivares, Andy Van Slyke, Mark Whiten, Mike Williams, Phillie Phanatic.

  This is relatively tame year in terms of variations or rarities, most likely thanks to the lingering effects of the strike.  In the original post for this set (see link below), fellow collector Rick mentioned there are some cards available with facsimile autographs.  He also passed along he had added a Larry Andersen photo card to his collection with a 1995 copyright date, the same photo as Andersen's 1994 photo card and this quote on the back:  "You're only young once, but you can be immature forever."  Andersen spent the 1995 season as the pitching coach for the Reading Phillies.

Also See:
  1995 Topps Phillies - featuring a list of the 92 players (including replacement players) in camp with the Phillies during spring training 1995.
Resources:  Phillies collector Rick G.

This set was originally featured in a post back in November 2014, and I'm going through these older team-issued photo card set posts to update them with new information learned (if any) over the past nine years.

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