Thursday, March 3, 2011

Random Phillies cards of the Week

1970 Topps #186 Rick JosephYou're excused if, no matter how big a Phillies fan you are, you don't remember Rick Joseph. He played for the Phillies from 1967 to 1970, appearing in 253 games. He seems to have been a spot started at third, first and in left field. He had a .245 batting average and 13 home runs for the Phillies. 1970 was his last season in the majors.

1988 Panini Stickers #349
Although I was collecting baseball cards in the late 1980s, I don't ever remember seeing Panini stickers on sale. I've acquired several in repacks and trades over the past few years. This particular sticker is a gold foil version of the Veteran's Stadium era Phillies logo.

1991 Topps 1953 Topps Archives #140 Tommy Glaviano
In these random posts I try to feature a card from prior to 1980, from the 1980s, from the 1990s and from the 2000s. This is from a set that Topps produced in 1991, which was a replica of their 1953 set. Since that time, Topps has plundered it's past for many card issues. Tommy only played one season for the Phillies, his last, in 1953. His nickname was Rabbit. Perhaps because in his 5 year career he stole 11 bases. Or perhaps for some other reason.

2002 Topps #83 Ricky Bottalico
Ricky had two stints with the Phillies, from 1994-1998, and 2001-2002. He was a relief pitcher and had his best two years in 1996 and 1997 when he saved 34 games for the Phillies in each year. He pitched one inning in the 1996 All-Star game which was held in Philadelphia. In his 12-year career he also played one year each for the Cardinals, Royals, Diamondbacks, Mets, and Brewers. According to Wikipedia he is currently an analyst for Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia.

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