Number of Cards: 43
Card Size: 4" x 6"
Description: The Phillies moved back to a simplified design with their 2006 team issued set, with the fronts featuring full color photos and a white block design in one of the top corners. The horizontal card backs once again feature biographical information and complete career statistics.
How Distributed: The original 37-card set was available for sale at Citizens Bank Park throughout the first half of the season. At some point in the second half of the season, six new cards were added, and the cards of Perez, Rodriguez and Tejada were removed.
In summary, a 37-card set was available at the start of the season and a 38-card set was available at some point during the second half of the season. To have a "complete" set, there are 43 different cards needed.
Complete Standard Checklist (37): The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
First Appearances (14): Brito, Dellucci, Fasano, Franklin, Geary, Gonzalez, Hamels, Howard, Nunez, Rhodes, Rowand, Santana, Tejada, Victorino
Returning Players (16): Abreu, Bell, Burrell, Cormier, Floyd, Fultz, Gordon, Lidle, Lieber, Lieberthal, Madson, Myers, Perez, Rollins, Utley, Wolf
Rodriguez never suited up with the Phillies. He was acquired from the Rangers in December 2005 (for Vicente Padilla) and released at the very end of spring training 2006.
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. Gonzalez appears as a Phillie in name only on his 2006 Fleer and Upper Deck cards. He's wearing a Rays uniform on those cards, making the card found in this set his sole Phillies card on which he's actually wearing a Phillies uniform.
Manager (1): Manuel
Coaches (9): Billmeyer (two versions), Bombard, Dancy, Dubee, Henderson, Thompson (two versions), Varsho
Phillie Phanatic (1)
Broadcasters (1): The set contains the much coveted Scott Franzke rookie card. Franzke is featured along with fellow broadcasters Scott Graham, Chris Wheeler, Larry Andersen and Harry Kalas.
Commemorative Cards (0)
Variations/Rarities: As Rick points out in his comment below, cards with black facsimile autographs can be found for Burrell, Howard, Lieberthal and Rollins.
Also See: The Phillies issued a set of Wall of Fame postcards on August 11th featuring cards of the 29 Wall of Famers. I'd eventually like to put together a post on this set. On Fan Appreciation Day (September 24th), the Phillies handed out a Topps team card pack containing 27 cards with yellow ink replacing the normal foil found on regular 2006 Topps cards. There's a nice entry for the set over at 14,000 Phillies.
Trivia: Beckett.com lists the set as "2006 Phillies Postcards" and its checklist contains 38 cards, omitting the cards for Perez, Rodriguez and Tejada. This is the version of the set that was available later in the season at Citizens Bank Park.
Resources: Beckett.com; Phillies collectors Steve F. and Rick (@rickphils)