Incoming Pocket Schedules: Focusing the Collection
August 21, 2021
I’m going to make a bold statement, fire off a red hot take, yeah, I’m gonna say it: 2020 was a dogshit year for pocket schedules, and pocket schedule collectors. With so many leagues and teams going dark for the season, and other teams using the pandemic as a natural break point to discontinue producing pocket schedules. It was depressing. The schedules we could get were either immediate relics because the whole season was waived, or they were immediately irrelevant because schedules changed so often.
But, we’re getting back into it. I’m getting heavy back into the pocket sked game. Now that we’re getting back into the swing, I’m dialing in the collection’s focus. So, we’ve got Phillies schedules for 2003 thru 2019. Every year the team has been in Citizens’ Bank Park, plus the last year at the Vet. So we’re focusing on Phillies schedules. I fired off some eBay buys to add to the collection. I picked up 2020 and 2021 Spring Training schedules, as well as regular season schedules for 2020, 2001 & 2002. So I have a complete run for the 21st century (if you’re one of those sticklers that doesn’t count the year 2000…but you shouldn’t be that guy, that guy sucks).
I’m also going to work on getting a complete run of Camden Riversharks schedules, starting with a 2006 sked (which is the only one available on the Bay), and I started a foreign teams collection with getting skeds for the Yomiuri Giants & the Doosan Bears.
In a bid to get some pocket schedule trade stock, I got – what I think – is a good deal on a ’97 MLB lot, which coincidentally includes a Phillies sked. So now I just need 1998, 99 & 2000 to fill that gap. Then, of course, I need to work through the 80’s and 90’s. After that, I think it’s going to get a little pricey to start picking-up pocket schedules from before the 80’s.