Number of Cards: 36
Card Size: 4" x 6"
Description: The card fronts feature full color photos from spring training with the players' names, position and number on the bottom in gray metallic-looking letters over a red band. The horizontal card backs feature biographical information and complete career statistics.
How Distributed: The original 36-card set was available at Citizens Bank Park throughout the first half of season. In an unprecedented move, the Phillies released a completely different set, with a completely different design, in the second half of the season.
Complete Standard Checklist: The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
First Appearances (8): Baez, Bastardo, Castro, Contreras, Gload, Halladay, Herndon, Schneider
Returning Players (19): Blanton, Dobbs, Durbin, Francisco, Hamels, Happ, Howard, Ibanez, Kendrick, Lidge, Madson, Moyer, Polanco, Rollins, Romero, Ruiz, Utley, Victorino, Werth
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 including the relatively rare late 2009/early 2010 cards available for Halladay or Schneider as their first appearances.)
Manager (1): Manuel
Coaches (6): Billmeyer, Dubee, Lopes, Mackanin, Perlozzo, Thompson
Phillie Phanatic (1): Keeping with the theme of the rest of the set, the Phanatic is also shown in a photo from spring training in Clearwater.
Broadcasters (1): Jim Jackson joined the broadcasters' crew in 2010, and he's joined on this card by Gary Matthews, Larry Andersen, Scott Franzke, Tom McCarthy and Chris Wheeler.
Commemorative Cards (0)
Variations/Rarities: Thanks to fellow collector Rick, I now know there are two versions of the Mackanin card available with the apparently rarer version showing Mackanin crossing his arms. Bullpen catcher Jesus Tiamo also received a card, presumably in order for Tiamo to honor autograph requests.
- 22 - Pete Mackanin CO (arms crossed)
- 81 - Jesus Tiamo CO
Also See: I'll eventually link to the second edition set here.
Trivia: Beckett.com does not include this set or the second edition set in its online database. The second edition set can be found at The Trading Card Database.