Number of Cards: 41
Card Size: 4" x 6"
Description: This is the first of four straight team issued sets featuring basically the same design elements. The player's name, number and position are listed at the bottom of the card in a red and blue design with the Phillies script logo appearing in one of the top corners. All photos used for this set were taken during spring training 2013. The horizontal card backs feature biographical information and complete career statistics.
How Distributed: The 41-card set was available for sale at the ballpark up until early July when an entirely new set with a new design was issued. I picked up my set on March 29th during one of the on-deck exhibition game with the Blue Jays.
Complete Standard Checklist: The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
First Appearances (8): Adams, Aumont, De Fratus, Lannan, Revere, Ruf, D. Young, M. Young
Returning Players (20): Bastardo, Brown, Durbin, Frandsen, Galvis, Halladay, Hamels, Horst, Howard, Kendrick, Kratz, Lee, Mayberry Jr., Nix, Papelbon, Rollins, Ruiz, Stutes, Utley, Valdes
Betancourt and Inciarte never appeared in a game with the Phillies. Betancourt was released in late March. Inciarte was a Rule 5 pick from the Diamondbacks and he made the opening day roster. However, the Phillies signed Ezequiel Carrera on the second day of the season and Inciarte was shipped back to Arizona having never officially appeared in a game with the Phillies. The final One and Done is Quintero who appeared in 24 games with the Phillies before parting ways with the club in July.
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 (7): Billmeyer, Dubee, Henderson, Joyner, Nichols, Samuel, Sandberg
Phillie Phanatic (1)
Broadcasters (1): The card features Tom McCarthy, Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen, Gary Matthews, Chris Wheeler, Gregg Murphy and Jim Jackson in their spring training gear.
Commemorative Cards (0)
Variations/Rarities: Cards for Adams, Henderson and Kendrick exist with a Phillies script logo on the card backs. Thanks to tips from fellow collectors Steve F. and Rick in December 2016, I was able to add these three (autographed) cards to my collection.
In December 2019, Rick also found logo-backed cards for Papelbon for sale at the annual Phillies holiday sale.
Also See: 2013 Phillies Survival Guide
Trivia: Beckett omits this set from its online database.
Resources: 14,000 Phillies; The Trading Card Database