Monday, October 26, 2020

2006 Phillies Team-Issued Photo Cards


Number of Cards:
  43
Card Size:  4" x 6"
Description:  The Phillies moved back to a simplified design with their 2006 team-issued set, with the fronts featuring full color photos and a white block design in one of the top corners.  The horizontal card backs once again feature biographical information and complete career statistics.

How Distributed:  The original 37-card, first version of this set was available for sale at Citizens Bank Park throughout at least the first month of the season.  At some point after the season was underway, and perhaps even as early as mid-May, four player cards were added, and for some reason the cards of coaches Mick Billmeyer and Milt Thompson were re-issued with different photos.  The cards of Tomas Perez, Ricardo Rodriguez and Robinson Tejada were removed from the second version of the set.  Rodriguez was released on March 29th, Tejada was traded to the Rangers on April 1st for David Dellucci and Perez was released on April 2nd.

The second version of the set was advertised with a sticker displayed prominently on the front of the packaging (see below).  Three of the four players added were on the team's opening day roster - Dellucci, Gavin Floyd and Geoff Geary.  Top prospect Cole Hamels was the fourth player added, and he was recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on May 12th.  As the photo used for Hamels' card was taken during spring training, the Phillies could have rushed an updated version of the set to be ready for Hamels' debut or at least shortly thereafter.

Complete Standard Checklist (Unnumbered, presented here alphabetically with uniform number from the front of cards): 
1. Bobby Abreu (#53)         
2. David Bell (#25)
3. Mick Billmeyer CO (#17)          
4. Marc Bombard CO (#7)
5. Eude Brito (#58)
6. Pat Burrell (#5)
7. Rheal Cormier (#37)
8. Bill Dancy CO (#16)
9. Rich Dubee CO (#28)
10. Sal Fasano (#13)
11. Ryan Franklin (#23) 
12. Aaron Fultz (#46)
13. Alex Gonzalez 
(#8)
14. Tom Gordon (#45)
15. Ramon Henderson CO (#31)          
16. Ryan Howard (#6)
17. Cory Lidle (#30)       
18. Jon Lieber (#21)
19. Mike Lieberthal (#24)
20. Ryan Madson (#63)
21. Charlie Manuel MG (#41)
22. Brett Myers (#39)
23. Abraham Nunez (#3)
24. Tomas Perez (#9)
25. Arthur Rhodes (#22)  


26. 
Ricardo Rodriguez (#47)
27. Jimmy Rollins (#11) 
28. Aaron Rowand (#33)         
29. Julio Santana (#44)
30. Robinson Tejada (#50)
31. Milt Thompson CO (#15)          
32. Chase Utley (#26)
33. Gary Varsho CO (#19)
34. Shane Victorino (#18)
35. Randy Wolf (#43)
36. Phillie Phanatic
37. Phillies Broadcasters


Complete Update Checklist, 2nd Version:  

1. Mick Billmeyer CO (#17) - In the dugout   
2. David Dellucci (#2)

3. Gavin Floyd (#34)
4. Geoff Geary (#56)                    
5. Cole Hamels (#35)          
6. Milt Thompson CO (#15) - Watching BP          
One and Only Phillies Baseball Card (1):  Rodriguez
First Appearance in Phillies Team Issued Set (14):  Brito, Dellucci, Fasano, Franklin, Geary, Gonzalez, Hamels, Howard, Nunez, Rhodes, Rowand, Santana, Tejada, Victorino
Returning Players in Phillies Team Issued Set (16):  Abreu, Bell, Burrell, Cormier, Floyd, Fultz, Gordon, Lidle, Lieber, Lieberthal, Madson, Myers, Perez, Rollins, Utley, Wolf

Manager (1):  Manuel
Coaches (7):  Billmeyer (2), Bombard, Dancy, Dubee, Henderson, Thompson (2), Varsho
Phillie Phanatic (1)
Broadcasters (1):  The set contains the highly coveted Scott Franzke rookie card.  Franzke is featured along with fellow broadcasters Scott Graham, Chris Wheeler, Larry Andersen and Harry Kalas.

Version 1
Version 2
Version 1
Version 2

Surprises:
  The Phillies made a flurry of roster moves before opening day, so the creator of this set's checklist can be forgiven for opting to include Rodriguez (who never played a game for the Phillies) Perez and Tejada and missing out on Dellucci, Floyd and Geary.

Omissions:  There are a few omissions here, although none are egregious.  Reliever Chris Booker started the season on the disabled list and was claimed off waivers by the Royals on May 10th.  There are a number of players who were seeing regular time with the club prior to the All-Star Break.  Catchers Carlos Ruiz and Chris Coste were both recalled at various points over the first few months of the season due to injuries to Mike Lieberthal and Sal Fasano.  Relievers Clay Condrey and Brian Sanches were up and down a few times as was outfielder Chris Roberson.  Rick White was claimed off waivers from the Reds on June 23rd.

The annual ALS Phillies Phestival was held on May 22nd.  The only players on the active 25-man roster on that date without photo cards are Coste, Roberson and Ruiz.  The Phillies acquired veterans Jamie Moyer, Jose Hernandez and Jeff Conine in August for an improbable pennant run, so there were plenty of options had the team decided to issue an update set.

Variations/Rarities:  Fellow collector Rick clued me in to cards being available with black facsimile autographs for four of the team's stars.

Facsimile Autographs       
1. 
Pat Burrell (#5)
2. Ryan Howard (#6)

3. Mike Lieberthal (#24)
4. Jimmy Rollins (#11)

Also See:  The Phillies gave away a set of Wall of Fame postcards on August 11th featuring cards of the 29 Wall of Famers, up through the 2006 induction of Dallas Green.  On Fan Appreciation Day, September 24th, the Phillies handed out a Topps team card pack containing 27 cards with yellow ink replacing the normal foil found on regular 2006 Topps cards.  There's a nice entry for the set over at 14,000 Phillies.

Resources:  Phillies collectors Steve and Rick (@rickphils).


This set was originally featured in a post back in December 2014, and I'm going to slowly go through some of these team issued set posts and update them with new information learend (if any) over the past nearly six years.

Friday, October 23, 2020

2007-2009 Phillies Alumni Photo Cards


Number of Known Cards:
  42
Card Size:  4" x 6"
Description:  I was admittedly completely unaware of the existence of these cards until an eBay search in 2018 yielded photos of team-issued photo cards for Phillies alumni using a design I had never seen before.  The 2008 cards have a blue border with the Phillies Alumni logo along with the player's name and uniform number at the bottom.  The 2009 cards have a gray border with the same Phillies Alumni logo at the bottom, again along with the player's name and uniform number.  Copyright dates and the corresponding year of issuance can be found on the backs of these cards.

How Distributed:  Between 2007 and 2009, the Phillies created special alumni photo cards for returning players to sign at various autograph events, during alumni weekends and as part of any reunion-related public appearances.  A team card for the 1950 National League Champion Whiz Kids was also created.  Fellow collector Rick shared with me his list of these cards, which is where the information below comes from.  He also notes the 2007 Tekulve card was created for an autograph signing with the ex-reliever that was ultimately cancelled due to inclement weather.


Complete 2007 Checklist 
(Unnumbered, presented here alphabetically): 
1. Rico Brogna
2. Marty Bystrom (blank back)                
3. Larry Christenson
4. Darren Daulton
5. Terry Harmon (blank back)
6. Von Hayes
7. Ricky Jordan
8. Dickie Noles (blank back, 5 x 7)              
9. Mike Rogodzinski                
10. Kent Tekulve
11. Bob Walk
12. Mitch Williams

Complete 2008 Checklist (Unnumbered, presented here alphabetically): 
1. 1950 Phillies Team
2. Dick Allen
3. Larry Andersen
4. Ricky Bottalico
5. Jeff Brantley
6. Larry Christenson (same photo as 2007)
7. Gene Garber
8. Dallas Green
9. Terry Harmon
10. Tommy Herr
11. Tommy Hutton                       
12. Ricky Jordan
13. Garry Maddox
14. Jerry Martin
15. Gary Matthews
16. Mike Rogodzinski                            
17. Juan Samuel
18. Del Unser
19. Ozzie Virgil

Complete 2009 Checklist (Unnumbered, presented here alphabetically): 
1. Bob Boone
2. Ricky Bottalico                  
3. Bob Dernier
4. Jim Eisenreich
5. Jim Kaat
6. John Kruk
7. Mike Lieberthal
8. Mickey Morandini              
9. Dickie Noles
10. Juan Samuel (same photo as 2008)
11. Tony Taylor

I am actively seeking these cards and please contact me if you have any for sale or trade.  My want list is linked below.

Also See:
 I recently updated, hopefully for the final time, my post covering the alumni photo cards issued between 2010 and 2019.

1991 Medford Phillies Photo Cards


Number of Cards:
  46
Card Size:  4 1/8" x 6"
Description:  For the third year in a row, the card fronts feature an action photo with the player's, coach's or manager's name in a red band with white text.  The card backs feature biographical information along with complete career statistics.  Medford Food Company took over sponsorship of the set in 1991, and they'd sponsor the set for the next two years.

How Distributed:  The original 35-card base set was available for sale at Veterans Stadium throughout the 1991 season.  Details vary as to how the 11-card update series was originally distributed.  The 2001 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards describes two updates being issued.  The first update being the three card highlight set featuring white bordered cards for Tommy Greene, Terry Mulholland and Dale Murphy.  Mulholland's card celebrates his no-hitter from August 15, 1990, while Greene's celebrates his no-hitter from May 23, 1991.  Murphy's card commemorates his 2,000th hit on May 29, 1991.

The second update, according to the Catalog, contained eight cards and featured new manager Jim Fregosi, the Phillie Phanatic and six new Phillies players.  I have no recollection of purchasing two separate update sets at the Vet during the 1991 season, but my memory is admittedly starting to get a bit foggy.  The second update would not have been released before July 15th, the day Steve Searcy was acquired from the Tigers, and not after July 31st, the day Mike Hartley was acquired from the Dodgers.  Searcy is in the set while Hartley is not. 

Complete Standard Checklist (Unnumbered, presented here alphabetically with uniform number from the front of cards): 
1. Darrel Akerfelds (#35)
2. Andy Ashby (#40)
3. Wally Backman (#6)        
4. Joe Boever (#30)
5. Rod Booker (#37)
6. Larry Bowa CO (#2)
7. Sil Campusano (#11)
8. Wes Chamberlain (#31)          
9. Pat Combs (#38)
10. Danny Cox (#34)     
11. Darren Daulton (#10)
12. Jose DeJesus (#54)
13. Lenny Dykstra (#4)   
14. Darrin Fletcher (#24)
15. Tommy Greene (#49)
16. Jason Grimsley (#48)
17. Charlie Hayes (#8)
18. Von Hayes (#9)
19. Dave Hollins (#15)
20. Ken Howell (#43)
21. Ricky Jordan (#17)
22. John Kruk (#29)
23. Steve Lake (#25)
24. Hal Lanier CO (#22)          

25. Tim Mauser (#52)
26. Roger McDowell (#13)
27. Denis Menke CO (#14)
28. Mickey Morandini (#12)
29. John Morris (#33)
30. Terry Mulholland (#45)
31. Dale Murphy (#3)
32. Johnny Podres CO (#46)
33. Randy Ready (#23)
34. Dickie Thon (#21)
35. John Vukovich CO (#18)


Complete Update Checklist, 2nd Version: 

1. Jim Fregosi MG (#11)          
2. Ron Jones (#26)
3. Jim Lindeman (#55)
4. Wally Ritchie (#39)
5. Bruce Ruffin (#47)
6. Steve Searcy (#50)
7. Mitch Williams (#28)
8. Tommy Greene - No-Hitter          
9. Terry Mulholland - No-Hitter
10. Dale Murphy - 2,000th Hit
11. Phillie Phanatic

One and Only Phillies Baseball Card (0)
First Appearance in Phillies Team Issued Set (9):  Backman, Chamberlain, Cox, Fletcher, Lindeman, Mauser, Morris, Searcy, Williams
Returning Players in Phillies Team Issued Set (27):  Akerfelds, Ashby, Boever, Booker, Campusano, Combs, Daulton, DeJesus, Dykstra, Greene, Grimsley, C. Hayes, V. Hayes, Hollins, Howell, Jones, Jordan, Kruk, Lake, McDowell, Morandini, Mulholland, Murphy, Ready, Ritchie, Ruffin, Thon

Jim Lindeman's uniform number is listed as #55, which is the number he wore during spring training.  He switched to #19 before the season started, taking the number most recently occupied before him by John Kruk.  Sil Campusano attended spring training wearing #11 and started the season on the disabled list.  When Fregosi was hired and took #11, Campusano switched to #16, the former number of departed manager Nick Leyva.

Manager (1):  Fregosi
Coaches (5):  Bowa, Lanier, Menke, Podres, Vukovich
Phillie Phanatic (1):  The Phanatic is shown posing while sitting on his ATV.
Broadcasters (0):  If a broadcaster card had been issued at the start of the season, it would have featured future manager Fregosi as he had recently joined the broadcast team.
Commemorative Cards (3):  Greene, Mulholland, Murphy


Surprises:  I find it strange all the coaches received cards in the first set, but the manager at the beginning of the season (Leyva) was omitted.  Leyva was fired on April 23rd, so my guess is the original 35-card set wasn't finalized until after his departure.  Or the first series originally contained 36 cards and the Leyva card was pulled after his firing.

Omissions:  Every Phillies player from opening day through July 31st has a card in this set except for Dave LaPoint, Rick Schu and Amalio Carreno.  LaPoint made the opening day roster but was released on April 23rd, the same day Leyva was dismissed.  Schu had a brief reunion with his original club, and he was on the active roster between May 28th and June 19th.  He was brought back up on August 28th and stayed with the team the rest of the season.  Carreno was recalled on July 2nd and sent back down on July 15th.  Ken Howell and Steve Ontiveros both spent the entire season on the disabled list and while Howell received a card in the set, Ontiveros did not.

Variations/Rarities:  As fellow collector Rick pointed out in a comment to the original post for this set, six additional cards were issued for former Phillies who were guests at the annual ALS Phillies Phestival.  These cards have only a red Phillies logo and a 1991 copyright on the backs, with no Medford logo. 

ALS Phillies Phestival     
1. Harry Anderson          
2. Gene Garber
3. Maje McDonnell CO          
4. Ron Reed
5. Eddie Sawyer MG
6. Curt Simmons


Also See:  Scrapbook Sunday - August 12, 1991.

Resources:  Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils).

This set was originally featured in a post back in November 2014, and I'm going to slowly go through some of these team issued set posts and update them with new information learned (if any) over the past six years.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

2010-2019 Phillies Alumni Photo Cards


Number of Known Cards:  109
Card Size:  4" x 6"
Description:  Either a full color or black and white photo on the front are accompanied by the official Phillies Alumni logo at the top of the card and the subject's name in white letters on a dark red background on the bottom of the card.  The vast majority of the card backs contain a second player photo, biographical information, career and Phillies highlights.  Copyright dates can be found either on the back or fronts of most cards.

Photo from September 2020 Phantastic Auction
How Distributed:
 Between 2010 and 2019, the Phillies created special alumni photo cards for returning players, coaches, managers and one executive to sign at various autograph events, during alumni weekends and as part of any reunion-related public appearances.  Locations and dates of where and when I obtained some of these cards are contained in the checklist below.  In September 2020, as part of their Phantastic Auction to benefit Phillies Charities, the Phillies gave collectors the opportunity to bid on 101 of these alumni photo cards, giving us the best opportunity yet to form a complete checklist of the cards released and unreleased over the past decade.

Collectors should note the copyright date on these cards does not necessarily correspond to the year of first issuance.  Complicating any efforts to fully checklist these cards is the fact the Phillies had originally printed the cards with a copyright date on the back reflecting the date of issuance.  In the mid-2010s, the copyright date on the backs of some of these cards is for the date of the photo on the front.  For example, Nick Punto's card contains statistical information through Punto's final season in 2014, but the card contains a 2003 copyright date which corresponds to the photo used.  In 2017, 2018 and 2019 the Phillies seemed to have switched back to using a copyright date that corresponds with the date of issuance and not the date of the photo.

In August 2018, the Phillies produced 20 new alumni photo cards for the express purpose of having them available for returning members of the 2008 World Championship team to sign at a potential pre-game autograph session during that season's Alumni Weekend.  For whatever reason, the planned autograph event was significantly curtailed with only Eric Bruntlett and Pedro Feliz stationed at one sole table for fans.  These 2008 alumni cards remain generally unreleased to the public, with the exception of one copy of each card made available in the 2020 Phantastic Auction along with cards for Joe Blanton, Kyle Kendrick, Jamie Moyer and Brett Myers which were all made available during the 2019 Alumni Weekend.

I've hopefully captured the vast majority, if not all, of these cards produced and issued by the Phillies between 2010 and 2019.  If new alumni photo cards are created in 2021 with this same design, I'll most likely start over with a new checklist just to put a stake in this checklist.


Complete Standard Checklist (Unnumbered, presented here alphabetically with copyright date and other notes): 

1. Bobby Abreu (2004) - First available at some point after 2014.
2. Dick Allen (2017)
3. Ruben Amaro, Jr. (2018) - First available on 6/10/18, 25th Anniversary of '93 team.
4. Larry Andersen (2010)
5. Marlon Anderson (2003) - First available in 2006.
6. Mick Billmeyer CO (2018) - Unused 2018 Alumni Weekend card. 
7. Joe Blanton (2018) - Obtained on 8/4/19 during 2019 Alumnni Weekend.
8. Bob Boone (2010) - Obtained on 8/13/17 during 2017 Alumni Weekend.
9. Ricky Bottalico (2010)
10. Larry Bowa (No date) - Wall of Fame plaque is on the back.
11. Eric Bruntlett (2018) - From 2018 Alumni Weekend.
12. Warren Brusstar (2017) - Obtained on 8/13/17 during 2017 Alumni Weekend.
13. Jim Bunning (2011)
14. Pat Burrell (2012) - Cream alternate jersey.
15. Pat Burrell (2008) - Red pinstripes jersey, available as part of the 2015 Phillies Team-Issued 2nd Edition set.
16. Marty Bystrom (2010) - Obtained on 8/13/17 during 2017 Alumni Weekend.
17. Steve Carlton (2017)
18. Dave Cash (2011)
19. Wes Chamberlain (2018) - First available on 6/10/18, 25th Anniversary of '93 team.
20. Larry Christenson (2010) - Obtained on 8/13/17 during 2017 Alumni Weekend.
21. Clay Condrey (2018) - Unused 2018 Alumni Weekend card.
22. Rheal Cormier (2011) - Obtained on 8/12/14 at Citizens Bank Park.
23. Darren Daulton (2010)
24. Roly deArmas CO (2018) - Unused 2018 Alumni Weekend card.
25. Bob Dernier (2017) - Obtained on 7/7/17 at Citizens Bank Park.
26. Greg Dobbs (2018) - Unused 2018 Alumni Weekend card.
27. Denny Doyle (2010)
28. Rich Dubee CO (2018) - Unused 2018 Alumni Weekend card.
29. Mariano Duncan (2018)
30. Chad Durbin (2018) - Unused 2018 Alumni Weekend card.
31. Jim Eisenreich (2010)
32. Lee Elia CO (2010)
33. Scott Eyre (2011)
34. Pedro Feliz (2009) - First available at some point after 2012.
35. Paul Fletcher (2018) - First available on 6/10/18, 25th Anniversary of '93 team.
36. Ben Francisco (2019) - First available during 2019 Alumni Weekend.
37. Gene Garber (2010)
38. Pat Gillick GM (2018) - Unused 2018 Alumni Weekend card.
39. Doug Glanville (2010)
40. Wayne Gomes (2012)
41. Dallas Green MG (2010)
42. Tyler Green (2010)
43. Tommy Greene (2010) - Obtained on 3/30/13 at Citizens Bank Park.
44. Von Hayes (2012)
45. Al Holland (2011)
46. Dave Hollins (2010)
47. Ryan Howard (2018) - Unused 2018 Alumni Weekend card.
48. Raul Ibanez (2019) - Unused 2019 Alumni Weekend card.
49. Pete Incaviglia (2018) - First available on 6/10/18, 25th Anniversary of '93 team.
50. Danny Jackson (2018) - First available on 6/10/18, 25th Anniversary of '93 team.
51. Geoff Jenkins (2014)
52. Ricky Jordan (2011) - Obtained on 8/9/14 during 2014 Alumni Weekend
53. Kyle Kendrick (2018) - Obtained on 8/4/19 during 2019 Alumnni Weekend.
54. John Kruk (2011)
55. Brad Lidge (2014)

56. Mike Lieberthal (2012)
57. Tony Longmire (2018) - First available on 6/10/18, 25th Anniversary of '93 team.
58. Greg Luzinski (2010) - Obtained on 8/13/17 during 2017 Alumni Weekend.
59. Pete Mackanin CO (2019) - Unused 2019 Alumni Weekend card.
60. Garry Maddox (2017) - First available on 8/13/17 during 2017 Alumni Weekend.
61. Jeff Manto (2018) - First available on 6/10/18, 25th Anniversary of '93 team.
62. Charlie Manuel MG (2011) - Red pullover, available as part of the 2015 Phillies Team-Issued Photo Card set.
63. Charlie Manuel MG (2017) - Red pinstripes jersey, available for autographs at the 2018 Phillies Phestival on 6/21/18.
64. Jerry Martin CO (2018) - Unused 2018 Alumni Weekend card.
65. Roger Mason (2018) - First available on 6/10/18, 25th Anniversary of '93 team.
66. Gary Matthews (2010)
67. John Mayberry, Jr. (2019) - Unused 2019 Alumni Weekend card.
68. Bake McBride (2017) - Obtained on 8/13/17 during 2017 Alumni Weekend.
69. Tim McCarver (2012)
70. Jason Michaels (2004) - First available at some point after 2011.
71. Don Money (2015) - Old Phillies logo on back.
72. Willie Montanez (2011)
73. Mickey Morandini (2018) - Obtained at 2018 ALS Phillies Phestival.
74. Jamie Moyer (2018) - Obtained on 8/4/19 during 2019 Alumnni Weekend.
75. Dale Murphy (2018) - Obtained on 8/4/19 during 2019 Alumnni Weekend.
76. Brett Myers (2018) - Obtained on 8/4/19 during 2019 Alumnni Weekend.
77. Dickie Noles (2012) - Obtained on 8/13/17 during 2017 Alumni Weekend.  Includes black facsimile autograph.
78. Roy Oswalt (2014)
79. Placido Polanco (2010)
80. Todd Pratt (1993) - First available in 2016.
81. Nick Punto (2003) - First available at some point after 2014.
82. Randy Ready (1995) - First available in 2016.
83. Ben Rivera (2018) - First available on 6/10/18, 25th Anniversary of '93 team.
84. Mike Rogodzinski (2010)
85. Jimmy Rollins (2018) - Unused 2018 Alumni Weekend card.
86. J.C. Romero (2018) - Unused 2018 Alumni Weekend card.
87. Aaron Rowand (2014)
88. Carlos Ruiz (2018) - Unused 2018 Alumni Weekend card.
89. Juan Samuel (Unknown)
90. Curt Schilling (2018) - First available on 6/10/18, 25th Anniversary of '93 team.
91. Matt Stairs (2011)
92. Kevin Stocker (2012)
93. Tony Taylor (2010)
94. Bobby Thigpen (2018) - First available on 6/10/18, 25th Anniversary of '93 team.
95. Jim Thome (2016) - Available briefly as part of the 2016 Phillies Team-Issued 2nd Edition set.
96. Milt Thompson (2016)
97. Milt Thompson CO (2018) - Unused 2018 Alumni Weekend card.
98. Manny Trillo (2017) - Obtained on 8/13/17 during 2017 Alumni Weekend.
99. Del Unser (2012)
100. Chase Utley (2018) - Unused 2018 Alumni Weekend card.
101. Wilson Valdez (2011) - Obtained on 7/12/14 at Citizens Bank Park.
102. Shane Victorino (2018) - Unused 2018 Alumni Weekend card.
103. Ozzie Virgil (2012)
104. Jayson Werth (2018) - Unused 2018 Alumni Weekend card.
105. David West (2018) - First available on 6/10/18, 25th Anniversary of '93 team.
106. Mitch Williams (2010)
107. Bobby Wine (2015) - Old Phillies logo on back.
108. Rick Wise (2011)
109. Randy Wolf (2016)

Surprises/Omissions:  I'm aware of 8 additional cards that were not part of the 101 cards auctioned off in September 2020 - Pat Burrell (red pinstripes jersey), Bob Dernier, Denny Doyle, Lee Elia, Gene Garber, Charlie Manuel (red pinstripes jersey), Mike Rogodzinski and a second card for Milt Thompson featuring him as a coach.

The biggest omission here is that no card has ever been produced (that we're aware of) for the greatest Phillies alumnus of all-time - Mike Schmidt.

Variations/Rarities:  There are a few variations to these cards available, all with identical photos to their "regular" counterparts.  A second Rheal Cormier card was issued with a 2017 copyright date and omitting his Minor League Career notes on the back.  There are also cards available for Dave Hollins, Ricky Jordan and Tony Taylor with both 2010 and 2011 copyright dates.  These three cards with 2010 copyrights have glossy backs as opposed to the usual matte backs.


Also See:  This is my third attempt at posting a checklist for these cards with prior attempts coming in December 2016 and June 2018.  Fellow collector Rick has been a huge help with gathering information on these cards over the years.  More recent thanks goes to fellow collector Matt who sent me the Eric Bruntlett and Paul Fletcher cards for my collection.

Please see here for a smaller checklist for the team-issued alumni photo cards issued in 2007, 2008 and 2009.  These cards use a different design than the alumni cards issued between 2010 and 2019.

I am actively seeking these cards and please contact me if you have any for sale or trade.  My want list is linked below.

Checklist by Era:  This is how I've sorted these cards in a binder, and I thought if it was helpful for me it might be helpful for other collectors too.

1960s (2) - Bunning, Wine
1970s (10) - Allen, Cash, Doyle, Garber, McCarver, Money, Montanez, Rogodzinski, Taylor, Wise
1980 World Champions (14) - Boone, Bowa, Brusstar, Bystrom, Carlton, Christenson, Elia, D. Green, Luzinski, Maddox, McBride, Noles, Trillo, Unser
1980s (6) - Dernier, V. Hayes, Holland, Matthews, Samuel, Virgil
1993 N.L. Champions (26) - Amaro Jr., Andersen, Chamberlain, Daulton, Duncan, Eisenreich, Fletcher, T. Green, Greene, Hollins, Incaviglia, Jackson, Jordan, Kruk, Longmire, Manto, Mason, Morandini, Pratt, Rivera, Schilling, Stocker, Thigpen, Thompson, West, Williams
1990s - 2000s (14) - Abreu, Anderson, Bottalico, Cormier, Glanville, Gomes, Lieberthal, Michaels, Murphy, Punto, Ready, Rowand, Thome, Wolf
2008 World Champions (30) - Billmeyer, Blanton, Bruntlett, Burrell (2), Condrey, deArmas, Dobbs, Dubee, Durbin, Eyre, Feliz, Gillick, Howard, Jenkins, Kendrick, Lidge, Manuel (2), Martin, Moyer, Myers, Rollins, Romero, Ruiz, Stairs, Thompson, Utley, Victorino, Werth
2009 N.L. Champions (4) - Francisco, Ibanez, Mackanin, Mayberry Jr.
2010s (3) - Oswalt, Polanco, Valdez

Monday, October 19, 2020

2007 Phillies Team-Issued Photo Cards


Number of Cards:
  43
Card Size:  4" x 6"
Description:  Full color photos are surrounded by a blue border (for pitchers) or a red border (for everyone else) with the player's name featured prominently in blue or red at the top of each card.  The Citizens Bank Park logo can be found in one of the four corners on the fronts.  Ryan Howard's card, from the first version of this set, contains a gold badge commemorating his 2006 N.L. MVP win.  An updated set was issued after the All-Star break containing a second version of Howard's card omitting the gold badge.  The horizontal card backs feature biographical information and complete career statistics.

How Distributed:  The original 36-card set was available for sale at Citizens Bank Park throughout the first half of the season.  Early in the second half of the season, 7 new cards were added to the set with 6 cards removed.  I'll take a closer look at the additions and subtractions below.

Complete Standard Checklist (Unnumbered, presented here alphabetically with position on the front of cards, uniform number on backs): 
1. Antonio Alfonseca (#57 - RHP)          
2. Rod Barajas (#2 - C)
3. Mick Billmeyer (#17 - CO)
4. Pat Burrell (#5 - LF)
5. Fabio Castro (#52 - LHP)
6. Chris Coste (#27 - C/INF)
7. Greg Dobbs (#19 - INF/OF)
8. Rich Dubee (#30 - CO)
9. Adam Eaton (#23 - RHP)
10. Freddy Garcia (#34 - RHP)
11. Karim Garcia (#10 - OF)  
12. Geoff Geary (#56 - RHP)

13. Tom Gordon (#45 - RHP)
14. Cole Hamels (#35 - LHP)
15. Wes Helms (#18 - 3B)
16. Ramon Henderson (#31 - CO)
17. Ryan Howard (#6 - 1B, MVP Logo)          
18. Jon Lieber (#21 - RHP)
19. Davey Lopes (#15 - CO)
20. Ryan Madson (#63 - RHP)
21. Charlie Manuel (#41 - MG)
22. Jamie Moyer (#50 - LHP)
23. Brett Myers (#39 - RHP)
24. Abraham Nunez (#3 - INF)    

25. Jimmy Rollins (#11 - SS)
26. Aaron Rowand (#33 - CF)
27. Carlos Ruiz (#51 - C)
28. Matt Smith (#40 - LHP)          
29. Steve Smith (#7 - CO)
30. Milt Thompson (#25 - CO)
31. Chase Utley (#26 - 2B)
32. Shane Victorino (#8 - RF)
33. Jayson Werth (#28 - OF)
34. Jimy Williams (#22 - CO)
35. Phillie Phanatic
36. Phillies Broadcasters
Complete Update Checklist, 2nd Version:  

1. Michael Bourn (#9 - OF)
2. Ryan Howard (#6 - 1B, No MVP Logo)          
3. Kyle Kendrick (#38 - RHP)
4. Jose Mesa (#49 - RHP)
5. J.C. Romero (#16 - LHP)          
6. Francisco Rosario (#54 - RHP)          
7. Mike Zagurski (#59 - LHP)

One and Only Phillies Baseball Card (1):  K. Garcia
First Appearance in Phillies Team Issued Set (17):  Alfonseca, Barajas, Bourn, Castro, Coste, Dobbs, Eaton, F. Garcia, Helms, Kendrick, Moyer, Romero, Rosario, Ruiz, M. Smith, Werth, Zagurski
Returning Players in Phillies Team Issued Set (15):  Burrell, Geary, Gordon, Hamels, Howard (2), Lieber, Madson, Mesa, Myers, Nunez, Rollins, Rowand, Utley, Victorino

Manager (1):  Manuel
Coaches (7):  Billmeyer, Dubee, Henderson, Lopes, S. Smith, Thompson, Williams
Phillie Phanatic (1):  This is one of the strangest Phanatic cards from all the team issued sets.  The card is horizontal and someone played picture putty with the fans in the background of the photo to create a multi-colored psychedelic design.
Broadcasters (1):  Scott Graham got the boot and was replaced by Gary Matthews in the booth.  Sarge is joined on this card by Harry Kalas, Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen and Chris Wheeler.

Here's the rationale for the six cards removed from the second version of the set available for sale at some point early in the second half of the season:

Karim Garcia - Released by the Phillies on March 28th, prior to opening day.
Matt Smith - Sent down to Ottawa on April 26th and had Tommy John surgery on July 3rd.
Fabio Castro - Spent most of the summer in Triple-A Ottawa, spending three weeks with the club between late April and mid-May.
Freddy Garcia - Went on the disabled list on June 9th, not to return.
Ryan Howard (MVP Logo) - For reasons we'll never know, the Phillies replaced the Howard card with an MVP logo with a logo-less version for the second edition of the set.
Jon Lieber - Went on the disabled list on June 23rd, not to return.

And the seven cards added to the second version of the set:

Michael Bourn - Made the club's opening day roster.
Francisco Rosario - Recalled on April 9th, but was on the disabled list from mid-June through the end of August.
Mike Zagurski - Had two different stints with the club, first getting recalled on May 25th.
Jose Mesa - Rejoined the Phillies on June 9th after being released by the Tigers.
Kyle Kendrick - Called up on June 13th from Ottawa and never went back down.
J.C. Romero - Joined the team on June 29th after being claimed off waivers from the Red Sox.
Ryan Howard (No MVP Logo) - See above.


Surprises/Omissions:
  The inclusion of a Karim Garcia is somewhat of a surprise, and the checklist's creator swung and missed on predicting the team's opening day roster.  Bourn, and three relievers who made the club out of spring training were completely overlooked - Clay Condrey, Zack Segovia and Joe Bisenius.

The annual ALS Phestival was held on May 21st this season.  Looking at the Phillies' active roster at the time of the Phestival, only Condrey and reliever Yoel Hernandez were without photo cards.

The second version of the set couldn't have been released prior to early July, as Romero was added to the roster on June 29th.  Looking at the team's roster for their first home game following the All-Star Break on July 13th, pitchers Brian Sanches, J.D. Durbin and Anderson Garcia were all active and in the bullpen but not included in the updated second version of the set.

Variations/Rarities:  As I learned after publishing my original post on this set back in December 2014, Steve let me know there were cards made in the style of this set for Geoff Jenkins and Brad Lidge, both added in the 2007-2008 offseason.  The Lidge card I have in my collection has a completely blank back.  Rick added there are cards with facsimile autographs for four of the team's stars:

Facsimile Autographs       
1. 
Pat Burrell (#5 - LF)
2. Ryan Howard (#6 - 1B)
3. Jimmy Rollins (#11 - SS)          
4. Chase Utley (#26 - 2B)

Offseason Additions
1. Geoff Jenkins (OF)
2. Brad Lidge (RHP)



Also See:  The Phillies and Upper Deck gave away a pack of baseball cards on Alumni Night featuring 25 regular cards and 10 "Vintage" cards featuring Phillies alumni.  The alumni cards only came one per pack, making them much harder to track down.

Resources:  Phillies collectors Steve and Rick (@rickphils).


This set was originally featured in a post back in December 2014, and I'm going to slowly go through some of these team issued set posts and update them with new information gleaned (if any) over the past nearly six years.