Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Random Phillies cards of the Week

1956 Topps #220 Del EnnisDel Ennis was born in Philadelphia in 1925 and was a graduate of Olney High School. He played for the Phillies from 1946 to 1956 and was very popular with the fans. He hit 259 home runs for the Phillies with a .286 batting average. He was one of the original Whiz Kids and a 3-time All-Star. After baseball he came back to the Philadelphia area and opened a bowling alley in Huntingdon Valley. I went there once and I think it is the biggest bowling alley I ever saw. He passed away in 1996.

1987 Topps Tiffany #755 Luis AguayoPrior to about 1992, baseball cards were generally just plain pieces of cardboard. The weren't glossy, had no foil, no holograms, nothing fancy at all. In the mid to late 1980's Topps produced a version of their regular cards which they called Tiffany. These cards had a heavy glossy finish and are quite nice. You could only get them as a set. I managed to acquire all the Phillies 1987 Topps Tiffany cards a few years ago.

1994 SP #137 Danny JacksonI featured a 1994 Danny Jackson card a few weeks ago. There's not much more to say about him so I'll talk about the card. Like I said above, from 1992 on, the card companies were trying to out-do each other with special printing techniques. This set, produced by Upper Deck, featured a type of foil printing called Dufex. This is my least favorite card type. The cards pick up fingerprints easily and are difficult to scan.

2009 Upper Deck #811 Scott Eyre
You may not remember Scott on the 2009 Phillies. He appeared in 42 games in short relief. He actually pitched 2 scoreless and hit less innings in the World Series. He became a free agent after the 2009 series and no one has signed him. Although he was a starter when he first came up in 1997, he spent most of his career in short relief. In 2005 he led the league in appearances with 86 but only pitched 68.1 innings.

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