I used to buy a number of wax boxes back in the height of the junk wax era, and now I have some of the box-bottom cards. Back then we didn't actually call Score boxes "wax boxes." They had different packaging, so they were called mylar boxes. But that's just a technicality. I bought many packs of 1988 Score, but only one complete box, so I have 4 of the box-bottom cards.
1988 Score Box-Bottom trivia card.
Trivia card back.
I really enjoyed the Score magic motion trivia card inserts. I guess in contrast to Topps' gum, Fleer's stickers, and Donruss' puzzle pieces, Score had to think of something to put into packs with the cards. (Did they really, though? Couldn't they just have had the cards?) So they put in trivia cards, and not just any trivia cards, but Sportflics-style "magic motion" cards. Well, on the box bottom, you don't get magic motion, you just get hte trivia. I, for one, did not remember what happened at Comiskey park on July 6, 1983. But apparently a grand slam broke a jinx.
Dave Winfield card back.
The other three cards are more traditional, and Score used them for a little All-Star set which isn't all that different from the Topps rack pack All-Star cards. I'm not sure why my Dave Winfield has such a big crease. While the box bottom might have some damage when it's intact, it's not likely to actually be creased with all of the packs inside. And by 1988, I was mainly taking better care of my cards. But in any case, this is quite a beat-up card, which I'm still quite happy to have.
Finally, we have two more perrenial All-Stars, Gary Carter and Ozzie Smith. I wasn't a fan of Carter per se, since he was with the Mets. (If Dad and I went to Phillies-Mets games at the Vet, Mets fans would come down and start fights. We stopped going to Mets games.) It was always fun to watch Ozzie Smith play, and especially to watch him take the field.
I've said before that some of my earliest memories are of the 1979 and 1980 Topps cards, but that a neighbor across the street was a year or two older and had some 1978 cards as well. So I am fond of the 1978 set, but have decided against buying a whole set. I did want to augment my collection of them a bit, though, so I bought this Phillies team set.
1978 Topps Phillies team photo.
I could never really make out who any of the players were in these team photos. I still like them, though.
Manager Danny Ozark.
I am not quite old enough to remember Danny Ozark; I was four when Dallas Green later led the Phillies to their first World Series win in 1980. But he had good years as Phillies manager; he is to the Phillies what Jim Leyland is to the Pirates, winning three straight division titles but not getting a pennant. As a player, Ozark played in the minors in the Dodgers organization.
Larry Bowa and Bob Boone were two of the core position players of those NL East winners as well as the eventual 1980 championship team. I already had one of these cards of Bowa; Dad and I got it autographed at a show, and I sent the autograph to PSA for grading and slabbing. This Boone card is maybe the main reason I decided to get this team set. The 1980 and 1981 Phillies cards are so ingrained into my memory, as I've always had the 1980 Burger King Phillies and the 1981 Coca-Cola Phillies to celebrate that 1980 World Series win. But seeing the players, like Boone here, slightly younger and in different poses, such as with this old batting helmet, gives me a new way to appreciate these players that meant so much to me as a little kid.
I picked up another copy of this Mike Schmidt for my small player collection a little while ago. I don't think I had any cards of Schmidt from the 70s in my original player collection -- they were too expensive, especially locally, since the shops and shows I went to were all in the Philly suburbs. The internet has changed the idea of having a local premium, I think. This card of Garry Maddox is really great, but then again, I've never seen a bad card of him. Schmidt and Maddox both went on to be on that 1980 World Series team, and the 1983 pennant winner as well, and then both became Phillies broadcasters.
Here we have the premier reliever and the premier starter for those winning Phillies teams. Carlton was amazing with the Phillies, virtually unhittable at his best. McGraw was a good pickup from the Mets. Carlton was widely respected for his talents but not especially liked, unfortunately. McGraw became a beloved local hero in Philly and stayed here, working for a local TV station and with the Phillies, until his death from brain cancer.
Other than Garry Maddox, the two main outfielders on those Phillies teams were Greg Luzinski and Bake McBride. Luzinski was the #2 slugger for the Phils in those days, after Mike Schmidt. In 1977, Luzinski actually had one more home run and 29 more RBIs than Schmidt. McBride was a former NL Rookie of the Year from his days with the Cardinals, and was a solid contributor to those Phillies teams despite being injury-prone.
I remember Tim McCarver as a broadcaster. He was with the Phillies through the 1979 season, and really was with the Phillies to be Steve Carlton's personal catcher. I would have been 3 years old at the end of the 1979 season, so I don't remember him as a player. Dave Johnson of course is known for managing the Mets to the 1986 World Series, and I've heard about him with the Orioles, with whom he won the World Series as a player twice. I never realized he was with the Phillies until I got this team set.
I hadn't realized that Jose Cardenal was with the Phillies, either. He apparently was the last player to wear #1 for the Phils before they retired it for Richie Ashburn. Ron Reed was the #2 reliever for the Phils behind Tug McGraw; he was a two-sport guy who had played in the NBA early in his MLB career.
The rest of the team.
I don't have the stamina to write about everyone individually, but here are the rest of the team. I had a couple of these cards already, Jim Kaat, Warren Brusstar, and Terry Harmon. I've posted a card of Rich Hebner before, since he was a long-time Pirate who shared his rookie card with Al Oliver. Some of the guys, like Barry Foote, I had never heard of, and others, like Jay Johnstone and Gene Garber, I associate with other teams.
Thanks for reading! I have a lot of posts that I'm planning to write, but between being behind at work and raising a three-year-old, I haven't had a lot of time to blog. I appreciate everyone who does stop by to read when I do have a chance to write something.
And we start in Oakland with starting pitcher Storm Davis. Back in the day, statistics like wins meant something, and Davis had some good years with those Oakland pennant winners. You don't need me to tell you, though, that those winning years of his have become known as being emblematic of being lucky/overperforming, as sabermetrics have come to the fore. In any case, I prefer to think well of Davis for his years in Oakland.
Storm Davis card back.
Davis made his way into this league leaders set with that one particular statistic, tying for #3 in the league with 19 wins. The photo on the back is great for really highlighting his mullet.
We continue with more Oakland A's, since the near-dynasty of course had many league leaders. Next up are Eckersley and then Henderson. Thanks for reading!