Stealing a page from Satchel Paige's playbook, Tony prolonged his career with independent teams Yuma Scorpions (2011) and Edinburg Roadrunners (2012), then tried out for this year's York Revolution. Unlike former big-leaguer Brett Tomko, Tony didn't make their 2013 roster.
I like the photo on this card's front exactly as much as I dislike the card's cluttered, mis-mash back. The fuzzy glove hand obscures almost everything else and Stadium Club would've been better served choosing a rookie card OR batting pose and not both.
It's interesting that Topps called Tony "3B-2B," given this breakdown of where he played in 1992.
- 2B: 57 games
- RF: 35
- DH: 34
- CF: 24
- 3B: 20
- LF: 14
- SS: 1
Given all that, I'd go with "2B-OF." Tony's fielding versatility reminds me of Pete Rose, as Charlie Hustle logged 500+ games at 5 positions. It's almost certainly why Phillips never made an All-Star team in 2 decades of good play.
Value: Tony's star never rose high enough in the sky to break $1, but I bet he enjoyed the 1989 World Series win.
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