A few days ago a set of 47 1985 Phillies Tastykake cards arrived at my house, trapped in the same shrink wrap that has housed them for the last 24 years. I believe these sets were a stadium giveaway at some point during the season. Tastykake and the Phillies teamed up for a set each year from 1982 through 1990. Nowadays, they only team up to unleash commercials with the very catchy “Nothing goes better with Phillies baseball than Tastykake” song featuring the Phanatic and a giant butterscotch krimpet dancing around Citizens Bank Park.
When I set the cards free, I found a treasure trove of extreme close-ups. I wonder what these guys were thinking about when these shots were taken?
1985 Phillies Tastykake #16 John Denny
John Denny still looks pretty happy about his 1983 NL Cy Young Award.
1985 Phillies Tastykake #21 Jerry Koosman
Jerry Koosman must have been joking around with Mike Schmidt about who has the more expensive rookie card.
1985 Phillies Tastykake #38 Garry Maddox
Garry Maddox is probably thinking about barbeque cook-offs.
1985 Phillies Tastykake #30 Steve Jeltz
Steve Jeltz hopes his Jheri curl looks good.
1985 Phillies Tastykake #8 Manager and Coaches
The manager and coaches thought this picture had a chance to look somewhat natural. Nope.
1985 Phillies Tastykake #11 Infielders
Schmidt obviously wanted to show off his guns. Look at those forearms!
1985 Phillies Tastykake #42 Future Phillies: Schu/James
This is the only one of the six future Phillies cards to feature two players who would eventually stick in the majors. Of the other 10 players featured, I only recognize the names Mike Maddux and Rich Surhoff, both of whom are part of the Phillies’ long history of picking the wrong brother.
1985 Phillies Tastykake #10 Catchers
1985 Phillies Tastykake #24 Darren Daulton
These two cards are the real reason that I bought this set. These two cards fill two early holes in my Daulton collection. Now I only need his 1985 Portland Beavers minor league card to complete the cards from his pre-major league days. These two cards bring me up to 189 Darren Daulton cards.
I really like this set, enough that I am thinking about purchasing another set to send out for TTMs. The cards are huge and I think they would look great with a nice black sharpie. One of my problems with TTM is that sometimes the card is too small for a good signature. These definitely do not have that problem. Check out Mike Schmidt next to Burrell’s 2009 OPC card:
The TTM project probably won’t happen for awhile, so now I just need a way to store these giant things.