Thursday, December 4, 2014

2005 Phillies Team Issue


Number of Cards:  36
Card Size:  4" x 6"
Description:  Full color action photos are superimposed over the player's giant, gray uniform number floating in a digital looking sky.  As a aside, this is one of my least favorite team issued set designs in their sixty year run.  The horizontal card backs feature biographical information and complete career statistics.
How Distributed:  The 36-card set was available for sale at Citizens Bank Park throughout the season.

Complete Standard Checklist:  The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
  • 3 - Todd Pratt
  • 4 - David Bell
  • 5 - Pat Burrell
  • 7 - Kenny Lofton
  • 9 - Tomas Perez
  • 11 - Jimmy Rollins
  • 13 - Billy Wagner
  • 15 - Milt Thompson CO
  • 16 - Bill Dancy CO
  • 17 - Mick Billmeyer CO
  • 19 - Gary Varsho CO
  • 21 - Jon Lieber
  • 22 - Jason Michaels
  • 23 - Marc Bombard CO
  • 24 - Mike Lieberthal
  • 25 - Jim Thome
  • 26 - Chase Utley
  • 27 - Placido Polanco
  • 28 - Rich Dubee CO
  • 29 - Marlon Byrd
  • 30 - Cory Lidle
  • 31 - Ramon Henderson CO
  • 33 - Jose Offerman
  • 34 - Gavin Floyd
  • 37 - Rheal Cormier
  • 38 - Tim Worrell
  • 39 - Bretty Myers
  • 41 - Charlie Manuel MG
  • 43 - Randy Wolf
  • 44 - Vicente Padilla
  • 46 - Aaron Fultz
  • 48 - Pedro Liriano
  • 51 - Terry Adams
  • 53 - Bobby Abreu
  • 63 - Ryan Madson
  • Phillie Phanatic
One and Done (1):  Offerman
First Appearances (6):  Floyd, Fultz, Lidle, Lieber, Liriano, Lofton
Returning Players (20):  Abreu, Adams, Bell, Burrell, Byrd, Cormier, Lieberthal, Madson, Michaels, Myers, Padilla, Perez, Polanco, Pratt, Rollins, Thome, Utley, Wagner, Wolf, Worrell

A few years before he attacked former Phillies pitcher Matt Beech with a bat, Offerman received his one and only Phillies baseball card in this set.  The First Appearance designation is for players who have never before appeared within a Phillies team issued set.  These players may have already appeared on other Phillies baseball cards.

Manager (1):  Manuel
Coaches (7):  Billmeyer, Bombard, Dancy, Dubee, Henderson, Thompson, Varsho
Phillie Phanatic (1):  The Phanatic is shown doing his thing at the ballpark.
Broadcasters (0):  After three straight years of receiving cards, the broadcast team was shut out from this set.
Commemorative Cards (0)

Variations/Rarities:  As Rick points out in his comment below, cards of the following players were made available with black facsimile autographs - Abreu, Burrell, Lieberthal Lofton, Rollins and Thome.  Finally, a special blank-backed, thinner card stock card was created for Chris Roberson for a special signing during the season in the Hall of Fame Club.
  • 80 - Chris Roberson
Also See:  2005 was the first year I created my custom baseball cards, affectionately named Chachi cards after our late, great dog.  See here for the set's official origin story.  (Scroll down for Part 1 and then work your way up.)
Resources:  Beckett.com; Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils)

1 comment:

Rick Goldstein said...

There were also postcards with a black facsimile auto of Burrell, Lofton, Rollins, Abreu, Lieberthal, Thome. They made a blank back, thinner paper stock for Chris Roberson, then a minor leaguer, for a signing in the Hall of Fame Club.