Collectible of the Week: 1976 "Phillies Fever" Record

1976 Phillies Fever - Cover Picture Sleeve
The nation may know the 1985 Chicago Bears anthem, "The Super Bowl Shuffle", but they were actually just one of several teams who did sports-themed records in the 1970's and 80's.  In fact, the Phillies had two such records: 1975's "Ting-A-Ling Double Play No. 2" by Dave Cash and Larry Bowa, and this weeks feature, 1976's "Phillies Fever".  Most of the 1970's pre-dates my existence on this planet, but two things I have learned during my time here are that disco ruled and the 1976 Phillies were a great team.  This record combines those elements into one round piece of plastic (for our enjoyment).

This 7" vinyl single definitely has value as "just a record", but the real value is in the picture sleeve which features several stars from the Phillies.  Both the front and back are cool display items for a collector of this era (or these players).  A playing record with the well preserved picture sleeve will have considerably more value than one with a generic paper sleeve.  I have seen a couple generic sleeve versions online for $10 or less over the past year, but have not seen any with the picture sleeve.  This seems like a collectible better picked up at a flea market or yard sale than on eBay.

Label: Grand Prix
Format: Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
A Side: Phillies Fever
B Side: Dancin' with the Phillies (Instrumental version of the A-side, "Phillies Fever")
Featuring: Greg Luzinski, Dave Cash, Garry Maddox, Larry Bowa and Mike Schmidt

Back of '76 Phillies Fever Picture Sleeve