Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2011 Phillies Team Issue - 2nd Edition

Number of Cards:  42
Card Size:  4" x 6"
Description:  The cards have a very basic design, with full color photos and a red and white bottom border including the player's number, name and position.  The Phillies script logo appears in one of the upper corners.  The horizontal card backs feature biographical information and complete career statistics.

How Distributed:  The Phillies issued a second edition 40-card set much earlier than in the previous year, as I found this set for sale at Citizens Bank Park on June 12th.  To date, this is the earliest a second edition set has been issued.  In August, cards for Domonic Brown and Hunter Pence were inserted into the set and I wrote about my discovery of these two extra cards in this post.  Pence was acquired from the Astros on July 29th.

It's interesting to note that the second edition set acquired by 14,000 Phillies dropped five cards - Contreras, Romero, Sardinha, Zagurski and the broadcaters card.  As such, these cards could be considered short-prints within this set, along with the Brown and Pence cards.

Steve's comment below also indicates that the Brown card existed prior to the insertion of the Pence card and that his version of the "update" set excluded a card for Danys Baez.

Complete Standard Checklist (40):  The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
  • 30 - Rich Dubee CO
  • 33 - Cliff Lee
  • 34 - Roy Halladay
  • 35 - Cole Hamels
  • 38 - Kyle Kendrick
  • 40 - Michael Stutes
  • 41 - Charlie Manuel MG
  • 44 - Roy Oswalt
  • 46 - Ryan Madson
  • 49 - Vance Worley
  • 51 - Carlos Ruiz
  • 52 - Jose Contreras
  • 54 - Brad Lidge
  • 55 - Danys Baez
  • 56 - Joe Blanton
  • 57 - David Herndon
  • 58 - Antonio Bastardo
  • 59 - Mike Zagurski
  • Phillie Phanatic
  • Phillies Broadcasters
Complete Update Checklist (2):
  • 3 - Hunter Pence
  • 9 - Domonic Brown
One and Done (1):  Sardinha
First Appearances (3):  Pence, Stutes, Worley
Returning Players (29):  Baez, Bastardo, Blanton, Brown, Contreras, Francisco, Gload, Halladay, Hamels, Herndon, Howard, Ibanez, Kendrick, Lee, Lidge, Madson, Martinez, Mayberry Jr., Orr, Oswalt, Polanco, Rollins, Romero, Ruiz, Schneider, Utley, Valdez, Victorino, Zagurski

Sardinha receives his only Phillies baseball cards in 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.

Manager (1):  Manuel
Coaches (6):  Billmeyer, Dubee, Gross, Mackanin, Perlozzo, Samuel
Phillie Phanatic (1)
Broadcasters (1):  This card features the same line-up of broadcasters and photo as found in the first edition set - Tom McCarthy, Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen, Jim Jackson, Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews.
Commemorative Cards (0)

Variations/Rarities:  Thanks to a few comments left by Steve to earlier posts, I know of the existence of three offseason additions to this set - Nix, Wigginton and Willis.  I found the fourth addition (Thome) via an eBay auction.
  • 19 Laynce Nix (portrait)
  • 24 Ty Wigginton (portrait)
  • 25 Jim Thome
  • 53 Dontrelle Willis (portrait)
  • 58 Jonathan Papelbon (portrait)
These players were all acquired following the 2011 season and these cards were presumably issued so that the players could honor autograph requests.  I have the Willis card, and the back features a Phillies script logo and a 2012 copyright.

Steve also notified me to the existence of black backed cards for the following - Gross, Pence, Polanco, Schneider, Stutes, Victorino and Worley.

Update (December 2016) - A posed Jonathan Papelbon card has appeared, along with additional Phillies script logo backed cards for Greg Gross and Michael Stutes.

Also See:  I featured a few cards from the 2011 Phillies Postcards set here, and these cards aren't to be confused with the 2011 Phillies Fan Appreciation Night Postcard set, which 14,000 Phillies covered in a post here.
Resources:  14,000 Phillies; Phillies collector Steve


Steve F. said...

My list also shows an issued-after-the-season card of Laynce Nix, but (a) I can't find where I heard of that, and (b) I can't find it on eBay, so that may be wrong--although generally I only add it if I am certain that I saw it. I'll let you know if I find out more on it.

Also, re the Thome card, I did pull the trigger on one on eBay (not that one) around the same price ($20 or so) because I realized that the guy did hit 600+ homers and I didn't have a signed Phillies card of him.

Steve F. said...

Sorry, one other thing. My records show that the Brown card was included in the earliest version of the second edition, before they landed Hunter Pence. I note that Brown got called up on May 21 that year, so he was there 3 weeks before the second edition came out. Maybe yours was just missing it? It could also be the case that he wasn;t in the set you bought on June 12 but was soon afterward--I don't know when I got it.

And finally, my Hunter Pence set (set "2.1" or "2b") also had dropped Danys Baez from it. Did yours have his card? I had always thought of him as a bit of a short print.

Jim said...

Thanks Steve. I've added a few comments to the original post.

I'll never know if the second set I purchased had a Baez card or not. Once I pulled the Pence and Brown cards from the set, it was bequeathed to my sons and the cards have since scattered across various locations in my house.