I am in the middle of undertaking what feels like a rather Herculean task: assembling an Excel database that lists every Phillies baseball card and baseball-card-related item ever made. I am including (to the best of my ability) all information on known parallels, print runs, serial numbering, types of memorabilia swatches on the cards, and any other information that a Phillies collector might find helpful. At the current rate of progress, I estimate that I should have it completed sometime in 2015. Every few weeks or so, I will post an updated file to this page. You can download the most current version of it by clicking here.
As part of the project, I am also building an online version of the database which lists the checklists in a more user-friendly form and provides helpful information regarding each of the sets — including, but not limited to, sample scans of cards, links to data sources used to compile checklists and, where applicable, differences in how Beckett and Sports Collector Digest (SCD) refer to the set names. I started this part of the project in mid-February, 2012, and although, I hope to continue adding checklists on a regular basis, I have no idea how long it will take to complete the project.
In a break from the manner in which Beckett and SCD compile their catalogs, all checklists will be listed in chronological order.
I consider this an open-source project and welcome all corrections, suggestions and comments of all types of welcome in the comments section of each checklist. Edits resulting from posted comments will be properly credited and sourced.
Phillies Baseball Card Database by Matthew Appleton is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Let me be the first to say (officially at least) that I’m really looking forward to seeing your progress on this project. I’ll be happy to add corrections, suggestions and comments whenever possible, although it seems as if you’ve got your bases covered. Best of luck!
Thank you for the words of encouragement. As you already know, however, I readily admit to not having a full grasp on every Phillies baseball card. I know I’ve found out about more than a few cards I missed thanks to your site. I’m hoping that your knowledge will continue to help catch items that I may have missed.
I finally had time to take a look at this database this past weekend, and it looks good, and it looks like it’s going to be a ton of work to get it done (or even nearly done)!
I don’t know whether you want to hear this or not, but–especially to the extent you are typing this in yourself and could use a break–I have a CD that I purchased from an internet seller based in NJ that has I would guess 99% of all issued Phillies cards on it. It was all of $6.95. And the person who compiled it sends an annual email to update it for all of the current year’s Phillies cards, plus corrections to past years that his customers have sent him. Because you may want to build your database from the ground up, I am not going to mention the source here, but if you would want to work off of his, and maybe combine forces with him, let me know and I can post his contact info. (Maybe you know who it is already.) I just wouldn’t want you to reinvent the wheel as I’m pretty sure he has probably 99% of the cards already typed in, as I mentioned. But his does have holes in it, like those Jay Publishing sets, so it really might be best to combine forces. And I don’t think he is getting rich off of selling his CD, so he might be more than happy to work with you.
Please let me know how to contact the guy selling the CD. I would be interested in seeing the differences in our approach, if nothing else. You would know better than me, but I hope I’m not just reinventing the wheel here. I actually have a massive collection of lists in separate Excel files that I am just cutting, pasting and reformatting into one giant file — there’s very little actual retyping involved. Nonetheless, I’d be happy to pass on to him any corrections/updates I think might be necessary to his file.
His website is http://home.comcast.net/~bobloper/ . You can click on the “PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES CHECKLIST ON CD (1886-2011)” link. I bought the CD-R in 2005 or so, and it’s been pretty useful for me–although it would be handier if all of the spreadsheets were together in one document, as yours is. You also have more columns than he does (his is a Word document, not Excel), but one could probably create the same columns from the data in his lists.
That page after you click on the link shows what the 1964 sheet looks like. The ones from the 1990s and 2000s go one for maybe close to 100 pages and do include all parallels.