Number of Cards: 38
Card Size: 4" x 6"
Description: The card fronts feature a red and blue tie-dyeish border around full color photos in what has to be one of the more unique designs ever for these team issued sets. The horizontal card backs feature biographical information and complete career statistics.
How Distributed: For the first time ever, the Phillies completely changed up the design of its team issued set mid-season. They've done this every year since through the 2014 season. The 38-card set was available for sale at Citizens Bank Park beginning at some point in August, following the acquisition of Roy Oswalt from the Astros.
Complete Standard Checklist: The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
First Appearances (3): Brown, Oswalt, Valdez
Returning Players (27): Baez, Bastardo, Blanton, Castro, Contreras, Dobbs, Durbin, Francisco, Gload, Halladay, Hamels, Happ, Herndon, Howard, Ibanez, Kendrick, Lidge, Madson, Moyer, Polanco, Rollins, Romero, Ruiz, Schneider, 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.
Manager (1): Manuel
Coaches (6): Billmeyer, Dubee, Lopes, Mackanin, Perlozzo, Thompson
Phillie Phanatic (1)
Commemorative Cards (0)
Variations/Rarities: As pointed out in a comment to an earlier post, Phillies collector Steve has noted the existence of late/off season cards for pitcher Scott Mathieson. I recently added the Mathieson card to my collection and it has the Phillies logo on the back and a 2011 copyright date.
There was a similar card issued for bullpen catcher Jesus Tiamo and Paul points out in his comment below that Juan Samuel (who joined the coaching staff prior to the 2011 season) also has a blank backed card.
- 12 - Juan Samuel CO
- 18 - Greg Gross
- 47 - Scott Mathieson
- 81 - Jesus Tiamo CO
In March 2017, Steve added a Greg Gross card to his collection in the style of this set also featuring a Phillies logo on the back.
Also See: Here's the set summary for the first edition set, and here's my original post from August 27, 2010, covering the release of this second edition set.
Trivia: The Phillies dropped the broadcasters' card found in the first edition and added cards for Brown, Oswalt and Valdez to the second edition. Other than those moves, the checklists for the two editions are identical. Strangely enough, Happ is still in the set even though he was one of the players traded to the Astros in the Oswalt deal. Castro is also in the set again, despite having been released in July a few weeks prior to Brown's promotion and the acquisition of Oswalt.
Resources: The Trading Card Database