Number of Cards: 41
Card Size: 4" x 6"
Description: The Phillies went with black borders for the first time ever. The cards have a very basic design featuring the team logo and the player's number, name and position in a digital font. Other than the 2008 World Champions card, which is my all-time favorite card from a team issued set, there's no indication that the Phillies had won the World Championship in 2008 on the cards themselves. 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 signing of Pedro Martinez on July 15th and the acquisition of Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco on July 29th, cards of Martinez, Lee and Francisco, along with back-up catcher Paul Bako, were inserted into the set. With the addition of these four cards to the update set, five cards available from the original set were removed - the 2008 World Champions card, along with the cards for Coste, Gradoville, Jenkins and Paulino.
Complete Standard Checklist (37): The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
First Appearances (8): Eyre, Francisco, Ibanez, Lee, Martinez, Park, Paulino, Stairs
Returning Players (21): Blanton, Bruntlett, Condrey, Coste, Dobbs, Durbin, Feliz, Hamels, Happ, Howard, Jenkins, Lidge, Madson, Moyer, Myers, Rollins, Romero, Ruiz, Utley, Victorino, Werth
Bako wrapped up his 12-year career playing 44 games with the Phillies in 2009. His card in this set in his sole Phillies baseball card. Paulino was traded on March 27th to the Giants for Jack Taschner, and never appeared in a game for the Phillies. He has a second Phillies card in the 2009 Topps Heritage 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 Matt Stairs card from 2008 as his official first appearance.)
Manager (1): Manuel
Coaches (7): Billmeyer, Dubee, Gradoville, Lopes, Mackanin, Perlozzo, Thompson
Phillie Phanatic (1): The Phanatic is shown atop the dugout is his alternate day uniform.
Broadcasters (1): Harry Kalas, who passed away on April 13, 2009, is joined on this card by Tom McCarthey, Gary Matthews, Chris Wheeler, Larry Andersen and Scott Franzke.
Commemorative Cards (1): 2008 World Champions
The 2008 World Champions card (see below) features Hamels, Utley, Howard, Rollins, Lidge, Manuel, Madson, Victorino, Werth, Myers, Ruiz and Moyer decked out in tuxedos with red bow ties flanking the World Series trophy. Gradoville is listed above with the coaches, but he was actually the team's bullpen catcher.
Variations/Rarities: 14,000 Phillies featured a post a few years ago containing a Jayson Werth card I had never seen before. The card was distributed to kids participating in the team's annual Home Run Derby competition and contains a purple facsimile autograph and the Home Run Derby logo. The card uses a different photo than Werth's regular team issued card.
And as pointed out in a comment from Steve F. in an earlier post, a card was issued for Placido Polanco in the style of the 2009 team issued set. Polanco was signed as a free agent on December 3rd.
Finally, Rick adds a number of other rarities available in the design of this set in his comment below. Of most interest to me personally is the blank backed Roy Halladay card, which would be his first official Phillies card.
- 3 - Lou Marson (2008 statistics on back)
- 4 - Kyle Drabek (Reading Phillies)
- 23 - Brian Schneider (blank back)
- 27 - Placido Polanco (blank back)
- 28 - Jayson Werth (Home Run Derby)
- 34 - Roy Halladay (blank back)
- 40 - Michael Taylor (Reading Phillies)
Also See: Here's my original post from August 31, 2009, covering the discovery of the updated team issued set.
Trivia: Beckett.com has no record of this set in its database, and the checklist at The Trading Card Database omits the four update cards.
Resources: The Trading Card Database; Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils)