Saturday, November 18, 2017

Oversized in My Collection: 1991 Phillies Team-Issued (Medford)

Dad and I would go to the Vet to see the Phillies about 10-15 times a year.  For a few years in a row, we would buy the team-issued "photo cards," I think they called them.  These are oversized baseball cards, sponsored by Medford.  I think Medford made hot dogs.

It looks like I have these from three years, 1990-1992.  It's not clear if I have the complete sets.  If I am missing any, my guess is that my parents may have thrown out the odd one here and there over the years -- they were stored more or less out in the open in my old bedroom, near the window, and it's possible that some may have been ruined and then trashed, say if the window leaked or something.

In any case, today in my Saturday series of oversized cards, I'm showing 10 cards from the 1991 set.
Manger Jim Fregosi.
I made a post about Jim Fregosi once, showing his 1968 Topps Game card (the only 1968 Topps Game card I have).  I remembered him as a manager, like he's shown here.  He managed the Phils through a good period, going to the 1993 World Series.
Dale Murphy.
I liked Dale Murphy, and was glad that the Phillies acquired him to add some punch to the lineup.  At the time I would have thought he would be in the Hall of Fame, but I guess his numbers just missed.
Mitch Williams.
Mitch Williams is much reviled in Philadelphia, for giving up Joe Carter's walk-off home run to end the 1993 World Series.
Roger McDowell.
The 1991 Phils had several of the former 1986 Mets on the team.  Relief pitcher Roger McDowell was one of them.  He was the closer for those Mets, but Mitch Williams was the closer here.
Terry Mulholland.
Terry Mulholland was the ace, going 16-13 in 1991.
Mickey Morandini.
Mickey Morandini was young, then.  I posted about his 1991 Score card, which I have autographed, authenticated, and slabbed.  When he came up to bat, they would play "That's Amore" at the Vet.  Now, at PNC Park, they do the same thing for Cervelli, I think.
The Phillie Phanatic.
Best. Mascot. Ever.  Hands down, not even close.  So glad that I have at least one card of him.
Dale Murphy's 2000th hit.
Dale Murphy got his 2000th hit, and the Phillies commemorated it.
Terry Mulholland's no-hitter.
Terry Mulholland threw a no-hitter.
Tommy Greene's no-hitter.
Tommy Greene (whom I don't remember, even though he was part of the starting rotation for the years that Dad and I went to all those games!) also threw a no-hitter.  He wasn't in the majors for long, and his career record is 38-25.

I'll be continuing my Oversized series for a few more weeks, and I'll be sure to show more of my Phillies team-issued cards.


  1. I went to a Cubs/Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park a few summers ago and I'm still kicking myself for not picking up one of those team sets... this was even when my beloved Ryno was still manager too. I love that there's at least one team in baseball that takes the effort to document their team on cardboard. I truly wish the Cubs did this.

    1. I've actually only been to one game at the new stadium (although Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004, it's still new to me). I didn't know they were still making these! It's good to know.

  2. Like Tony Burbs, I wish my team had anything like the effort that the Phillies put into these cards. "The Phillies Room" blog has a detailed listing of all of the Phillies team-issued cards:

    I've seen the Phanatic when he's played at minor league ballparks. First ballot in the Mascot Hall Of Fame. I'm pretty sure there isn't actually such a thing, but you get my point.

    1. I just looked up the Mascot Hall of Fame -- it was founded by Dave Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic!