Set Type: Primary
Card dimensions: 4″ x 6″
Additional Information/14,000 Phillies Commentary: This marks the fifth straight year that the Phillies used the same design for their Team Issue Set, having started with it in 1989. As with all over Phillies team-issued sets, the cards are not sequentially numbered, instead bearing the player’s uniform number. In the checklist below, the cards are listed in alphabetical order by last name and assigned numbers accordingly.
Admittedly, I got out of the habit over the past few months, but one of the reasons I started posted checklists on this site is that I felt the checklists I compiled over my years of collecting were frequently more useful than the information you can find in Beckett nor Sports Collectors Digest, and I wanted to share the information with other collectors. However, I don’t pretend to know everything there is to know about Phillies cards. Sometimes, I still learn things about sets I thought I completed years (if not decades) ago.
Last week, a regular commenter, Steve, gave me advance notice that he found some variations in the 1993 Medford Phillies Team Issue set and was going to post about them in a comment over on The Phillies Room. As promised, he did, and earlier today Jim, the blogger over at The Phillies Room, put together a post that talked about how Steve’s discovery had helped solve a small mystery regarding his collection and the 1993 Medford Phillies Team Issue set.
Even before Steve’s discovery, I knew that Beckett’s checklist for the set was incomplete. As briefly as possible, the 1993 Team Issue set was different from most because in addition to the release at the beginning of the year (the only cards listed by Beckett) and the mid-summer update, the Phillies further updated the set late in the season, inserting a card for Bobby Thigpen, and creating variations for four other Phillies. Unfortunately, and this continues to be true, the Phillies did a very poor job of communicating this late season revision to the set. I know this because I went to no less than four games that September, and I assure you if I had known about the updates, I would have purchased the set to ensure my set was fully up-to-date and complete.
Generally speaking, I love the Phillies Team Issue sets, if for no other reason than they frequently contain the only Phillies card you will ever see for many players (a personal favorite is the Don Robinson update in 1992). However, the Phillies lack of communication with collectors regarding updates and changes to the sets is downright maddening at times. If it hadn’t been for Jim, I would’ve never known about the late update to last year’s Team Issue Second Edition, and if it hadn’t been for utter dumb luck I never would’ve known about the fact that the 2010 Team Issue Second Edition was revised very shortly after its initial release. I love the updates — I just wish the team would better communicate when they occur and make them available individually.
Ruben Amaro, Jr.
Larry Bowa (coach)
Darren Daulton (SP; dugout background, late season variation)
Jim Fregosi (manager)
Tyler Green (SP; mid-season update)
Tommy Greene (stadium seats in background)
Tommy Greene (SP; dugout in background, late season variation)
Jeff Manto (SP; mid-season update)
Roger Mason (SP; mid-season update)
Denis Menke (coach)
Mickey Morandini (dark background, nothing visible)
Mickey Morandini (SP; dugout in background, late season variation)
Johnny Podres (coach)
Mel Roberts (coach)
Mike Ryan (coach)
Bobby Thigpen (SP; late season addition)
Mitch Williams (dark background, glove visible)
Mitch Williams (SP; bright background, late season variation)
The 1993 Phillies NL All-Stars (SP; mid-season update)