After two seasons of making the post-season, the great Phillies teams of the late '70s/early '80s were starting to break up here. They would have one more run in 1983.
Julio Franco made his debut with this team, but like Ryne Sandberg the year before, the Phillies traded away a future all-star 2nd basemen after only having a cup of coffee with the Phillies.
I have a feeling if I had been doing this format and making these checklists going back to 1975, the same two would get the nod for the Phillies MVP and Cy Young: Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton. Both are no brainer selections for 1982. Mike Schmidt led the '82 Phillies in Home Runs and OBP by a mile. He also led in RBIs and runs scored to go with a .280 batting average. He was also 2nd on the team in stolen bases. Steve Carlton with 23 wins was 10 ahead of anyone else on this Phillies squad. He also nearly doubled the next Phillie pitcher in strikeouts and had a 3.10 ERA. He actually won the 1982 NL Cy Young award.
Jim over at the Phillies Room recently had a blog entry on this Mike Schmidt card. In 1982, Topps used a similar pose on at least 9 different cards or stickers issued in 1982.
Rookie Card of the Year
There was only one Phillie rookie card issued in 1982, so Luis Aguayo gets this by default. He had a nice little career as a reserve infielder for the Phillies through 1988 and wrapped up his career with the '89 Indians. Must've been a good gloveman as he never hit double digits in home runs, except for when he got 12 in 1987 and ended his career with a .236 batting average.
Most Interesting Non-Topps card
There are no players from the Donruss or Fleer sets that weren't in the Topps set for the Phillies, so I will look at two cards I posted on the checklist under unwanted cards. Both Donruss and Fleer issued a card titled "Phillies Finest" (shouldn't that be Phillies Phinest, maybe?). But they had a different group of players on each one. The Donruss version had Mike Schmidt and Pete Rose posing on a card that looked similar to those cards that you could get by mailing in wrappers to the Topps company. The Fleer version had Mike Schmidt, Lonnie Smith, and Steve Carlton holding up an award with their face on the plaque. Not sure what the award was for though, as I can't find any award that all three would've won for 1980 (remember these pictures were taken in 1981) that was even similar.
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