Number of Cards: 42
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 contains a gold badge commemorating his 2006 N.L. MVP win. 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. As pointed out in comments to this post from Steve and Rick (and completely unbeknownst to me) there were six more cards issued as either part of an update set or (perhaps in the case of the cards for Michael Bourn and Francisco Rosario) an extension of the originally issued set.
Complete Standard Checklist (36): The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
One and Done (1): K. Garcia
First Appearances (17): Alfonseca, Barajas, Bourn, Castro, Coste, Dobbs, Eaton, F. Garcia, Helms, Kendrick, Moyer, Romero, Rosario, Ruiz, M. Smith, Werth, Zagurski
Returning Players (14): Burrell, Geary, Gordon, Hamels, Howard, Lieber, Madson, Mesa, Myers, Nunez, Rollins, Rowand, Utley, Victorino
Karim Garcia was released prior to the start of the season and never suited up with the Phillies. 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, 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.
Commemorative Cards (0)
Variations/Rarities: As pointed out in a comment to an earlier post by Steve F., Geoff Jenkins and Brad Lidge had cards designed in the style of the 2007 Phillies Team Issue set. Both Jenkins and Lidge were acquired prior to the 2008 season. Rick adds that there are cards with facsimile autographs for Burrell, Howard, Rollins and Utley.
- 10 - Geoff Jenkins
- 54 - Brad Lidge
Trivia: There's no record of this set on Beckett.com or on any other online resources.
Resources: Phillies collector Steve F. and Rick (@rickphils)