Odds and Ends

Featured Cards: 2013 Panini Golden Age #57, Richie Ashburn; 1990 Upper Deck #474, Terry Mulholland; 1962 Salada-Junket Coins #86(b), Andy Carey (Phillies Variation)

The combination of the crappiness of the Phillies season (especially the past two weeks) combined with hostility towards Topps and Beckett that refuses to ebb hasn’t stopped me from plugging away building the collection and the associated side projects, but it has made it hard for me to work up much enthusiasm for writing about Phillies cards these days. With that in mind, a few tidbits to show that I haven’t given up on blogging about my favorite hobby:

2013 Panini Golden Age AshburnAfter a long deliberation, I have decided to start adding various partially-licensed cards to my collection (I’ve decided “unlicensed” is a misnomer because the MLBPA certainly has given their approval, and Topps and MLB would love for us to continue using a term that makes the cards sound completely illegitimate). I’m not thrilled about the loss of the team logos or signifiers, but short of not collecting at all — which I’m not ready to embark upon — it’s about the best way I can fight back against the Topps monopoly. However, I will continue to refuse to purchase prospect cards — which Panini in particular seems to relish pimping in the Elite brand — and stick to cards of players who actually appear with Philadelphia at the MLB level….

If I did have the gumption, I would start a new feature here on 14,000 Phillies: “Stupid Shit Actually Said by Chris Olds, Editor for Beckett.” He does it often enough to provide a never-ending source of material. Last week, he provided this humdinger of a gem in “At the National: It’s No secret, Vintage Remains a Driving Force (Card Gallery)“:

“Values of landmark vintage cards may not show it, but the secret to many of those old cards’ popularity is perhaps that they simply can be found and can be collected. Perhaps there’s a lesson in there for us all.

Simply put, more of us can enjoy more of them 1990 Upper Deck Mulholland— and that’s one reason why vintage will always remain.”

As you stop and contemplate this pearl of insight, take a look at the mounds of late ’80s and early ’90s product that can be found so simply and collected. There’s more than enough for all of us to enjoy! It’s the reason why late ’80s and early ’90s product will always remain and be a major presence at card shows for years to come….

Finally, I have an unabashed love for cards which represent a particular player’s only appearance in a Phillies uniform — especially when it’s not from a Phillies 1962 Salada CareyTeam Issue set. Last week I acquired one such item — the 1962 Salada-Junket coin that marked Andy Carey’s only appearance in a Phillies uniform (he’s in the 1962 Sherrif Coin set as well, but I consider that a parallel set of sorts). The fact that it’s a harder-to-find variation in the Salada set just makes its addition that much more special to me. Eventually, I hope to assemble a complete PSA-graded team set — I’m currently 7/13 of the way there.


3 responses to “Odds and Ends

  1. This one (Andy Carey/Salada Tea) is in the Tom Haller, Mike Sandlock, Louis Ortiz, Tom Casagrande, Fred Hopke category (although The last three are sort of in a category by themselves because not only did they have cards made by major card compaines that pictured them as Phillies,when they never played for the Phillies, but they also never ended up playing for ANY major league team ever). I was not aware of the existance of the Carey card until recently, but I think it’s pretty cool that you have one.

    • I’ve known about the status of all those players. You can also add Curt Flood and Ronny Paulino to the list of Major Leaguers with previous MLB experience who appeared with the Phillies in a major card company release without playing for the Phillies. I don’t know if you want to count it, but Upper Deck included a Dontrelle Willis “Philadelphia” autograph card in last year’s SP Signature set. Additonally, Delwyn Young, is kind of a special case in that he was with organization in all of 2011, never appeared on the active roster, but still garnered a spot in the first Team Issue set that year.

      I actually did not bother collecting the either Topps Heritage Real Ones Autograph that reprinted Sandlock’s 1954 Topps Phillies card or the Willis card. For some reason, it just doesn’t feel right adding an autograph of a player who never actually played for the Phillies to my collection.

    • I forgot to mention in the post and in my initial reply to your comment that the Salada set also contains the only Chuck Smith appearance in a Phillies uniform (at least he actually played for the team in the 1961 season).

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