Sep 8, 2012

2012 Phillies Cards (in which almost no one remains) from Cardboard Conundrum

Cardboard Conundrum held a group break a long time ago with the first products of the 2012 season.  It was a great opportunity to get a taste of the Phillies' cards offerings for the 2012 card season with Topps, Topps Heritage, and Gypsy Queen being sampled.

Unfortunately, with the Phillies having their worst season in 10 years, they became sellers at the deadline, and many of the players are no longer with the team for one reason or another.  So, essentially, these sets are a snapshot of the end of last year through Opening Day 2012.  Who made the cut for the checklists for Phillies team sets?  Here are some selections from the break....
2012 Gypsy Queen Mini Roy Oswalt:  I am on a quest for everything Phillies mini, and this card aids in that quest.  Roy Oswalt did not resign with the Phillies in the offseason, and eventually became a part-time starter on the Rangers.
2012 Topps Heritage Chrome Hunter Pence: I am also on a quest for everything Heritage Chromey with Phillies on it.  Hunter Pence and his old-school socks left for the city by the Bay, trading in the red for the black.  The reason was because of his impending arbitration payday at the conclusion of the season that may approach $15 million.  It seems like he's not liking the Bay as much as I do, only hitting 2 HR in 36 games and struggling with a .296 OBP.
2012 Topps Archives Mike Schmidt: Ok, he hasn't been on the Phillies since May 12, 1989 when he retired, and this is a nice card with the image from my youth.
2012 Topps Archives Auto Bake McBride:  This is one of the more impressive penmanship examples that I have seen displayed on a card.  The 1975 style also fits well with the decor on the card, though McBride was a Phillie from 1977-1981.
2012 Topps Heritage Jimmy Rollins: He is still a Phillie, and this is a shortprint, so that is always appreciated to receive.  Rollins joined a pantheon of all-time Phillies greats by getting his 2000th hit as a Phillie, joining Mike Schmidt, Richie Ashburn, and Ed Delahanty.
2012 Gypsy Queen Moonshots Jim Thome:  Thome hit a 466 foot home run at Target Field this year.  That is far.
2012 Topps Golden Moments Mike Schmidt:  Schmidt was the only player in the 1970s to hit 4 home runs in a single game.
2012 Topps Golden Moments Parallel Jim Thome: Thome also did not finish the season with the Phillies, being traded to the Orioles for a chance at the postseason.  It seems to have worked out, except he's been on the DL since July 28th with a herniated disc.

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