Vintage Sports Report

The past didn't have as many different sets of cards and items issued as we do today. With that in mind, this edition of The Vintage Sports Report takes a look at the final few sets issued between 1950 and 1981 that included Phillies stars of the day.

Hello again sports fans. Joe Savery has now come to terms with the Phils and the potential of a future rotation of Cole Hamels, Joe Savery, Kyle Kendrick, Mark Maloney and Carlos Carrasco would seem to give this team a lot of hope for the future.

This week we will start off with a Phillies set. The 1967 Van Heusen Phillies. Not a great deal is known about these 8 x 10 black and white player portraits. At lower left is a logo of the clothing manufacturer, which is the only thing that differentiates it from the advisory staff photos. Jim Bunning is valued at $35 and the others are $20.

Next are the 1951 Wheaties Premium Photos. There is a question of whether or not these were ever actually issued. The folks at Wheaties insist that they were never issued, but over the last few years, somehow, they have been surfacing. They are 5 x 7 black and white photos and are attributed to General Mills and distributed on the back of Wheaties boxes. The one Phillie in the set is Richie Ashburn valued at $120.

Next, the 1954 Wilson Franks. 2 5/8" x 3 ¾" cards are among the most popular and scarcest baseball set issued with hot dogs in the 1950s. The cards feature color added photos on the front along with a facsimile autograph and a package of hot dogs. Cards were packaged in direct contact with the hot dogs resulting in grease stains on the cards. The Phillies in the set are Del Ennis ($650) and Ferris Fain ($650).

Next is the 1977 Wilson Sporting Goods mini posters. Though unmarked as such, these 6" x 9" cards were a promotion from Wilson. The blank backed cards have a color action photo with white borders and a facsimile autograph. The Phillies in the set are Greg Luzinski ($10) and Mike Schmidt ($40).

These are the last of the pre-1981 issues to really focus on. In fact, we've just completed all the Phillies in any sets from 1950 to 1981. I'll open up for suggestions of what you want me to cover and possibly go back to cover some older issues from the turn of the century to 1950.

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