Category Archives: Mitch Williams

1994 Panini Stickers

1994 Panini Williams Front 1994 Panini Williams Back

Set Type: Primary
Sticker dimensions: Approximately 2⅜” x 3⅜”
Additional information/14,000 Phillies Commentary: Sticker numbers 2 & 3 (Hollins and Kruk) are meant to blend in with the pages of the sticker album that show a recap of the 1993 World Series, and thus have no border. In fact, the Kruk sticker, along with sticker #4 in the set, creates a unified image of him leading off first base with the Blue Jays’ John Olerud covering the bag. Along with the 1993 Panini Stickers set, these are the largest stickers (in size, not number) that Panini manufactured for use in a sticker album.

Lately, I’ve been making it a point to track down the various Fleer, Topps, & Panini sticker Phillies team sets from the ’80s and ’90s. I didn’t collect them at the time of their release because my collection was focused solely on baseball cards. However, over the past few years I’ve become a lot more liberal in what falls under the definition of “card” (at least for the purposes of my collection) and these sticker sets are often the biggest team sets I’m missing from the collection. Thankfully, most of them appear to be plentiful enough that acquiring team sets (thus far) has been relatively inexpensive and painless.

Dave Hollins (Foil; WS Opening Ceremony/upper right)
John Kruk (Foil; WS Opening Ceremony/lower left)
Darren Daulton
Marino Duncan
Lenny Dykstra
Jim Eisenreich
Dave Hollins
John Kruk
Curt Schilling
Kevin Stocker
Mitch Williams

Random Collecting & Phillies Tidbits

Featured Cards: 2012 Topps Retired Rings #RR-MS, Mike Schmidt; 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Autographs #GQA-SV, Shane Victorino; 1993 Topps Finest #49, Mitch Williams

Earlier today, I received in the mail a 2012 Topps Retired Rings Mike Schmidt card which I recently won on eBay. While I don’t typically crack open graded slabs, I am horribly tempted to do so for this one. Although I had seen scans of Retired Rings cards before, I didn’t realize that the card is designed to look as if a piece of a ring is actually embedded in it — I actually want to reach down and properly sense what the “ring” feels like. I highly doubt I will actually do so, but I have never before been this tempted to do so…

I also received in the mail a 2012 Topps Museum Primary Pieces Ryan Howard card bearing micro surface crease and a slightly dinged corner. No, I didn’t purchase it off of eBay in this condition. It was beat up because the seller didn’t bother to place the card in any sort of protective packaging. Yes, you read that correctly — the card was literally just placed in a folded piece of paper and then mailed off in a plain, white business envelope. I have already heard back from the seller, who will honor my request for a refund. He insists that he had no idea that such a card could get damaged so easily.

Yeah, someone clearly has potential as a candidate for the Darwin Awards…

As I posted a few of the checklists today, I was reminded of a key reason why I started compiling my own checklists: the rather inexact manner in which Beckett displays card numbers. In particular, the way they chop off some of the numbering on insert cards. For example, take a look at the back of the Shane Victorino 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Autograph card — Beckett shows the card number in their online guide as just “SV.” Now, back when paper catalogs the size of the New York City White Pages were king, this was somewhat understandable. However, in the Internet Age, there is no excuse for this behavior, since size and space restrictions are far less severe. Moreover, in sets such as Triple Threads, Museum and Tribute, where most collectors aren’t going to see most of the inserts unless they spend more time looking at card on eBay than they should, displaying the full numbering sequence might actually better assist the collector in discerning which card he is actually holding. The fact Beckett clearly can’t be bothered was a major reason why I started posting my checklists in the hopes they might help other Phillies collectors…

I’m just going to say two things about last night’s game against the Braves. One, I really hate being reminded of Game Four of the 1993 World Series. Yes, everyone talks about Game Six from that year, but it was Game Four that left a permanent, ragged scar in my psyche — and last night’s game was far too unpleasant a reminder of what happened 19 years ago. Two, thank goodness Joe Blanton pitched the complete-game gem he did this afternoon and quickly put that ugly monstrosity behind the team. It was almost as beautiful as the gem Curt Schilling unleashed in Game Five. Hopefully, Blanton’s effort today is a better harbinger for the remainder of this season than was Schilling’s effort…

Finally, tomorrow marks the 1st anniversary of my starting this blog. I plan to have a special post commemorating the event tomorrow or Saturday. As a bit of a teaser, I’d like to point out where the current collection count stands.