Number of Cards: 39
Card Size: 4" x 6"
Description: Full color action photos are featured overtop a gold tinted background. The Citizens Bank Park logo makes an appearance on the card fronts for the second year in a row and Jimmy Rollins' card contains a golden logo marking his 2007 N.L. MVP win.
The set features a blank-backed header card with a photo of Chase Utley fist bumping a young fan and the declaration that a portion of the proceeds received from the sale of the set would benefit The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. (This was a nice gesture, and it's odd that this is the first and last year - at least publicly - that the Phillies have done this.) The horizontal card backs feature biographical information and complete career statistics.
How Distributed: The original 37-card set was available at Citizens Bank Park throughout the first half of season. Following the acquisition of Joe Blanton on August 3rd, cards of Blanton and J.A. Happ were inserted into the set. The only way to add the two update cards was to purchase the complete set at the ballpark, which included all 37 cards found in the originally released set.
Complete Standard Checklist (37): The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
- 43 - J.A. Happ
- 56 - Joe Blanton
First Appearances (10): Blanton, Bruntlett, Condrey, Durbin, Feliz, Jenkins, Happ, Kendrick, Lidge, Snelling, Taguchi
Returning Players (17): Burrell, Coste, Dobbs, Eaton, Gordon, Hamels, Howard, Kendrick, Madson, Moyer, Myers, Rollins, Romero, Ruiz, Utley, Victorino, Werth
Seanez appeared pitched in 42 games for the eventual World Champions, and his only Phillies baseball card can be found within 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. I'm not counting the semi-rare cards of Jenkins and Lidge, available in the style of the 2007 Phillies Team Issue set, as their official first appearances.
Manager (1): Manuel
Coaches (7): Billmeyer, Dubee, Henderson, Lopes, Smith, Thompson, Williams
Phillie Phanatic (1)
Broadcasters (1): Tom McCarthy returned to the Phillies in 2008, and he's joined on this card by Gary Matthews, Chris Wheeler, Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen and Harry Kalas.
Commemorative Cards (0)
Other Cards (1): Header Card with Utley
Variations/Rarities: As pointed out in a comment from Steve F. in an earlier post, late season addition Matt Stairs received a card in the style of this set. Stairs was acquired from the Blue Jays on August 30th.
And per Rick's comment, cards were created for a special meet and greet with minor league player and pitcher of the year - Lou Marson and J.A. Happ, respectively. The cards are blank backed and feature the players in their minor league uniforms.
- 3 - Lou Marson (Reading Phillies)
- 12 - Matt Stairs
- 43 - J.A. Happ (Lehigh Valley IronPigs)
Trivia: To date, the only World Series game I've ever attended was Game 3 of the 2008 World Series. Photographic proof can be found within this post.
Resources: The Trading Card Database; Phillies collectors Steve and Rick (@rickphils)