Category Archives: Phillies Database Project

Odds & Ends

Featured Cards: 2012 Panini National Treasures Treasure Materials #24, Ryan Howard; 1993 Pacific #237, Stan Javier; 2012 Leaf The Living Legend: Pete Rose Autographs #AU-38

2012 National Treasures TM HowardNow that I’ve decided to start paying better attention to Panini’s offerings and ignore the lack of MLB logos or team monikers, I’ve fallen in love with their 2012 National Treasures set. I plan on making a much more detailed post about the set sometime in the next couple weeks….

It’s been a while since I did a team checklist post. I am currently rethinking how I handle those as formatting the checklist to display properly using this particular WordPress blog template is incredibly time consuming, and I would really like to reduce the amount of time I spend on such minutiae. I will be restarting them soon, in a slightly altered format….

1993 Pacific JavierThe newest version of the Phillies Database file is now online, contains over 32,500 items (0ver 5,000 more than the previous version), and is complete through 1994. I really am doing this as much for myself as I am to make the information available to other Phillies collectors — I’m continuing to find unexpected gaps in my collection as I compare my old Excel spreadsheets against the information in SCD, Beckett, TeamSets4U.com (and a few other online resources), and my own collection — yes, I am taking the time to make sure that my old checklists were in fact correctly stating what is in my collection. The most recent surprising find: there was a second series to 1993 Pacific that I completely missed back in the summer of ’93. Until I found that discrepancy, I honestly thought that I had a complete team set….

Another key reason (aside from finding discrepancies) that I am engaging in the database project for my own means: it allows me to more easily sort and extract information about my collection to my liking. For example, I don’t actually know how many autograph cards I own — I can figure out it, but that takes some time with all my checklists spread out over multiple files. Once I have this database complete, I can quickly come up with all sorts of interesting statistics on my collection. It’s still a while away, but I’m really looking forward to the day when all my collection is in just one easily sortable and manipulated file….

Now that I have decided to 2012 Living Legend Rose Autoactively add MLBPA-only licensed cards to my collection, I have started adding them to the database as well. These additions will likely take much more work, however, as Beckett doesn’t always, for completely understandable reasons, list team sets on their site. (Just as a quick aside, this means that a lot of Pete Rose cards are suddenly getting listed in the database, thanks to the Pete Rose sets issued by Leaf last year and this year.) I have also made a couple other changes to the structure of the database, and I plan on making a rather lengthy post later this week describing the methodology and decision-making that goes into the file….

I have decided, for now, to keep the W502 Clarence Mitchell card. I’ve chosen to view it in the same way I view, for example, the 2003 Donruss Classics Jim Thome card, which pictures him in an Indians uniform but denotes him as a Phillie. My rationale is that if the W502 sets had team designations, then Mitchell’s card certainly would’ve stated he was with the Philllies. It’s a flimsy rationalization, but it allows me to finally add one of his cards to my collection….

I also hope to have list a want list and trade bait section to the site fairly soon (the database makes it much easier for me to assemble a proper want list). This is actually, in the scheme of things I want to accomplish, rather low priority, so it may be another couple months before it appears online. However, I have some decent trade bait, and I’d like to see if it can get me some items I really need for the collection.

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Card #18,250

Featured Card: 2010 Topps Commemorative Patch #MCP-45, Chase Utley

Yes, this is — to the best of my 2010 Topps Commemorative Patch Utleycounting anyway — card #18,250 in my collection. (Actually, item #18,250 as I also count coins, stickers and other items as “cards.”) Although I haven’t been posting for the past few weeks, I have been working diligently on placing all my various Excel spreadsheets and checklists into one big searchable/sortable file, which now contains over 27,000 items. The truly scary part is that I am not even half done yet as most of 1991-2008 still needs to be imported into the file. As part of assembling this file, I am also rechecking it against my collection. I know that given the size of the collection I shouldn’t be surprised by the fact that I have found errors (that is, cards incorrectly listed as either owned or missing) as I’ve plowed through this project. However, I still find it disconcerting nonetheless. The cool thing is that by cross-referencing my own lists against a variety of other sources, I am discovering items that were just flat-out missing from my original lists. My personal favorite: a few 1991 Classic game cards that for whatever reason weren’t in my checklists. They now have a place of honor in my want lists.

To celebrate #18,250, I am posting the current version of the file online (you can download it by clicking here). I’ve been working on this thing for over two years now, and at my current rate of my progress I estimate I’ll be finished sometime in 2017. At least, I hope to be finished by then. Anyway, I hope a few of you find it helpful. Please keep in mind it is very much a work in progress — especially in regards to the 2011-present entries, which I know are not complete. If you think you spot an error, please feel free to reach out to me and let me know.

I hope to resume semi-regular posting sometime this weekend with my long-overdue review of 2013 Topps Archives.

2012 Topps Tier One Dual Autographs

(Scans of sample card not available at this time)

Set Type: Insert
Card dimensions:
2½” x 3½”
Additional Information: Seeded in packs of 2012 Topps Tier One. Cards are serial numbered to 25 on front of card, and instead of engaging in their normal use of autographed stickers, Topps had the players autograph the cards directly. The Schmidt/Jones card was distributed via redemption cards.

DA-SJ Mike Schmidt (w/ Jones of Braves)

2012 Topps Heritage Framed 1963 Peel-Offs Buybacks

(Scans of sample card not available at this time)

Set Type: Insert
Card dimensions:
2½” x 3½”
Additional Information: Seeded in packs of 2012 Topps Heritage. In addition to their customary buybacks of vintage cards, Topps included as inserts buybacks of the 1963 Peel-Offs that originally appeared as inserts in the 1963 Topps set. These buybacks were placed in frames similar to those used by Topps with their other framed insert cards. The Framed 1963 Peel-Offs Buybacks are serial-numbered by hand on the front. The print run for each of the Phillies in the set is in parentheses following the player’s name in the checklist below.

As was the case with their original release, the Framed 1963 Peel-Offs Buybacks are unnumbered. The card numbers were assigned after listing all the players in alphabetical order by last name; both Beckett and SCD used this numbering system.

[8]
[25]
Johnny Callison (4)
Art Mahaffey (3)

2012 Topps Tier One Top Shelf Triple Relics

(Scans of sample card not available at this time)

Set Type: Insert
Card Dimensions: 2½” x 3½”
Additional Information: Cards were inserted in packs of 2012 Topps Tier One. This set is technically a parallel of 2012 Topps Tier One Top Shelf Relics, but is listed independently because of the changes in card numbering. The front of each card is serial numbered up to 25, and the card for each Phillie in this set bears three jersey swatches. Beckett refers to the set simply as “2012 Tier One Triple Relics.”

TSTR-RH
TSTR-RO
TSTR-SC
Ryan Howard
Roy Oswalt
Steve Carlton

2012 Topps Tier One Crowd Pleaser Autographs

(Scans of sample card not available at this time)

Set Type: Insert
Card Dimensions: 2½” x 3½”
Parallels: Gold Ink, serial numbered “1/1”; Silver Ink, serial numbered to 10; White Ink, serial numbered to 25.
Additional Information: Cards were inserted in packs of 2012 Topps Tier One. As is befitting a high-end product, all the cards were autographed directly by the player. The base cards are serial numbered up to 50, and all cards, both base and parallel, bear the serial number on the front. Topps darkened the background of the parallels in order to provide better contract for the ink used on those cards.

CPA-CH Cole Hamels

2012 Topps Tier One Autographs

(Scans of sample card not available at this time)

Set Type: Insert
Card Dimensions: 2½” x 3½”
Parallels: Gold Ink, serial numbered “1/1”; Silver Ink, serial numbered to 10; White Ink, serial numbered to 25.
Additional Information: Cards were inserted in packs of 2012 Topps Tier One. As is befitting a high-end product, all the cards were autographed directly by the player. The base cards are serial numbered up to 50, and all cards, both base and parallel, bear the serial number on the front. Topps darkened the background of the parallels in order to provide better contract for the ink used on those cards. Topps distributed all the Halladay autographs via redemption cards that expire on May 31, 2015.

TTA-MS
TTA-RH
Mike Schmidt
Roy Halladay