Card of the Day: J.D. Hammer 2018 Choice Reading Fightins Top 30 Prospects #14

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Card of the Day: Stephen Sharts 1989 Reading Phillies Best #5

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Pocket-Sized Mailday

Collectibles are collectible today because at one time they weren’t thought to be collectible.  I’ll give you a few seconds for all that to sink in.

I just wanted to show off some gifts I recently received from a very dedicated reader of Sports Card Info.  This reader was going through their inventory and came across some interesting items they thought would fit well into my collection.  Boy were they right!

What they found were six pocket schedules from the Philadelphia Phillies AA minor league team the Reading Phillies.  The schedules range from 1967 to 1974.  Early pocket schedules like this aren’t the easiest things to find.  Upon further research, I found out that 1967 was the first year the Reading Phillies were even around.  Reading has had a baseball team since 1858, but 1967 was the first year they were associated with the Phillies.

Schedules like this were most likely thrown out back then.  They surely weren’t held on to like the schedules are today.  Not only did these schedules survive, but they’re in excellent condition too.  What a cool find!  Thanks!

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Card of the Day: Ryne Sandberg 1980 TCMA Reading Phillies #22

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Reading Phillies vs. Akron Aeros – 6/17/12

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If you recall, last March I was able to score some free tickets to a Reading Phillies game after meeting a gentleman while waiting in line to get into the Ephrata Rec Center Show I attend each year.  Well, Father’s Day was the time to cash in those tickets.  The seats were great!  Three rows behind home-plate.  If I was any closer, they could have asked me to play 🙂  I had never gone to see the Reading Phillies before.  The stadium has a lot of history, but comes with a modern feel.  Reading’s pitcher Julio Rodriguez had a no-hitter through 5 innings.  In the end, Reading won 4-2.  I picked up a team set and three new pins for my collection.  They were giving away Richie Ashburn style hats.

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Chun Chen (left) and Sebastian Valle (right)

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Chun Chen (left) and Sebastian Valle (right)

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The Crazy Hot Dog Vendor is one of many mascots used by the Reading Phillies.

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Ran into Screwball on the way out.

Miami Dolphins Perfect Season Ticket

When I was at the Reading, PA show a few weeks ago I saw a dealer selling Super Bowl tickets from long ago.  After going through the line to get my bat signed by Tom Herr, I stopped by to see if he had any Super Bowl tickets certified by PSA from the Miami Dolphins perfect season.  I saw he had one and I asked what he was looking for it?  He said it would cost $2,500.00.  Now, I will admit I’m not the world’s best expert on collectible tickets, but I thought that sounded really high.  Well, I think I was right.  Today I found a completed auction for the same full ticket on eBay for only $306.00.  They both look to be in the same great condition and certified by PSA.  At least now I know there are tickets from that game which are affordable.