Apr 13, 2010

Swapping Cards with Doc T

As proprietor of the blog Baseball Card Recollections, he has had some truly innovative posts, including last cards of HOF players that were never printed and the start of a card giveaway for kids that all of us must contribute to.

He also put out a clarion call to those interested in cards as he culled his collection. I threw my hat in the ring and asked for Phillies and stickers (yes, stickers). Here is a smattering of the highlights.

1986 Fleer Star Sticker of Kirk Gibson and Lou Whitaker: The Fleer Star Sticker sets in the early '80s was like the original chrome set. It was a partial parallel of the base set in a different form with some of the same images. I think I want them all...eventually.

Old school Topps album stickers (1981 or 1982) of sluggers Cecil Cooper and Ken Singleton: They are wearing two team caps that are sorely missed.

And now the Phillies portion of the program.

1992 Fleer Ultra Dave Hollins: Hollins had two good years with the Phillies ('92 and '93), but he kept getting hit in the hand with pitches and couldn't maintain the pace.
2001 Donruss/2000 Retro Scott Rolen: Rolen was my favorite Phillie in high school, until one day, just before his trade, I saw him seem to give up in front of the home crowd after striking out. That is unacceptable. Also, this had to have been one of the most hare-brained ideas for a set ever. Donruss decided to create designs as if they existed and distributed in 1999 and 2000 as insert sets with retro "rookies" and everything. Talk about confusing.

1994 Ultra Phillies Finest John Kruk: An insert set based on the Phillies? Bring it back. Also, did anyone ever get the mail-in redemptions for these.

Elmer Valo: I was unaware of this name before seeing this card and unfamiliar with this set, but he was a Phillie only in 1956 and 1961. He was a Philadelphia Athletic though from 1940-1954.

1987 Sportsflics Steve Bedrosian: Check out those images of the 1987 Cy Young award winner.

1991 Line Drive Pre-rookie Charlie Manuel: This was before Charlie had to deal with the papparazzi. He really hasn't changed all that much though.

Thanks for the trade, Doc T! Your package is on its way.

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