The Rarely Pictured Phils

One of the nice things about having multiple card manufacturers for over most of the past 30 years is that occasionally one of them would issue a card of a Phillie that none of the other sets captured. For example, Fleer was the only company in 1981 to issue a John Vukovich card. If you prefer a more recent example, the 2010 Upper Deck set will be the only place you will ever find a card depicting Jack Traschner as a Phillie. In fact, even though the Phillies both issue and update their own team sets every year and sometimes work with manufacturers to have special giveaways at the end of the season where a special team set is issued just to fans attending one particular game (see the 2007 Upper Deck/Majestic Phillies Alumni Team set, which annoyingly goes the extra step of having Legends inserts — of which I’m still missing three), there are plenty of Phillies through the years that never see themselves grace a baseball card in a Phillies uniform.

Sadly, the monopoly that MLB granted to Topps starting last year only means that such a thing is more likely to happen than over the past 30 years. Topps has never had a great history of capturing all the players who rightfully deserve their day on a Phillies card. In 1968 Roberta Pena played in 138 games as the Phillies starting shortstop — no card for him. Last year, Juan Castro appeared in 54 games for the Phils, but you’ll only find him in the two Phillies team issues. Even more puzzling are the cards of players who have cards depicting them as members of the Phillies even though they never actually appeared in a game for the club. But, more on that another day.

So in honor of those Phillies who never quite got the recognition they deserved from Topps (or any of the other manufacturers when they had the license to do so), here’s the 2010 Topps 206 Mini Framed Autographs Piedmont Insert, Brian Schneider #BS. It’s his only appearance on a Topps card last year, and it’s an autograph insert to boot. You would think that if Topps went through the trouble of making such an insert that they would include Schneider somewhere in one of their many other sets, but no. Unless you picked up one of the two Phillies team issues last year, this was the only way you could find him. But at least he got one, which is more than can be said for Castro, Ross Gload, Mike Sweeney, Nelson Figeuroa or Denys Baez — none of whom appeared last year on a Phillies card issued by Topps.

7 responses to “The Rarely Pictured Phils

  1. Great post. I tracked down that Schneider card last year just because it was his only Phillies baseball card – other then the team-issued sets. It sounds strange, but a card like this means more to me than the multiple relic/autograph cards for Howard, Rollins, Utley, etc.

    And which legends are you missing from the 2007 Upper Deck Alumni set? I may be able to assist.

    • I agree with you completely about the multiple cards for Howard, Rollins, Utley, et al. I would love to see more effort put into getting cards out for the likes of Dane Sardinha or Michael Stutes (though, he’ll probably get one in this year’s Bowman set given that he’s now appeared in a Major League game).

      The three Legends inserts I’m missing are Roberts, Hollins and Brogna. If you have any of them, I’m sure we can work a trade out — it wouldn’t surprise me to find at least a few of the cards on your want list in my duplicates stack. I’ll take a look this weekend to see what I have.

  2. Just got around to going through my doubles from the Legends set and I have Roberts and Brogna for you. E-mail me your address, and they’re yours.

    After the 2007 season, the Phillies held a clearance sale at the ballpark and these sets were available by the case load for a dollar a set. I think I bought 15 of them just to get a complete Legends set. Somehow I ended up with four copies of the Dallas Green card and I still had to search out the Dave Hollins card elsewhere. Perhaps a super short print?

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  5. A year and two months later, and Schneider still doesn’t have a card issued of him outside of this and multiple Phillies photocards–so this is the only one that is not postcard sized.

    Bring back Topps Total or Upper Deck 40 Man!

    • I agree completely about Total or 40 Man, but Topps probably doesn’t see much need to, and without any competition, such a set unfortunately seems highly unlikely.

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