Number of Cards: 45
Card Size: 4" x 6"
Description: The second series of team-issued photo cards features a blue border along the bottom with the player's name and a script Phillies logo. The player's uniform number appears in the upper right-hand corner against a striped design, and there is no position listed on the front of the cards. The horizontal card backs feature biographical information and complete career statistics.
How Distributed: The set went on sale for at Citizens Bank Park beginning on Tuesday, May 28th for $5. Earlier that day, it was announced Odubel Herrera had been arrested in Atlantic City for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. The team made the decision to pull the Herrera cards from every set and it's fairly obvious each set has been unsealed, with the Herrera card removed and then resealed. The team has either already disposed of the undistributed Herrera cards or they're sitting in a box somewhere to be re-inserted into the sets at a future date. (See update below.)
|Team set packaging has been opened and then re-sealed|
First Appearances (2): De Los Santos, Gosselin
Returning Players (28): Alvarez, Arano, Arrieta, Dominguez, Eflin, Eickhoff, Franco, Harper, Hernandez, Hoskins, Hunter, Kingery, Knapp, McCutchen, Morgan, Neris, Neshek, Nicasio, Nola, Pivetta, Ramos, Realmuto, Robertson, Rodriguez, Quinn, Segura, Velasquez, Williams
I commended the first series checklist for being "wonderfully comprehensive," and unfortunately the pattern didn't continue with the second series. The set only adds cards for De Los Santos and Gosselin, while dropping cards for Altherr, Butera, Cozens, Herrera, Pazos and Rios. Altherr, Butera and Pazos are no longer in the Phillies organization, but a case could have been made for keeping in cards for Cozens and Rios.
Also deserving consideration for the set but omitted are Drew Anderson, Austin Davis, Edgar Garcia, Cole Irvin and even Mitch Walding. I understand the omission of JD Hammer as he was recalled the weekend before the set's release and I'm assuming the cards had already been printed and packaged by then.
No offense to the team's ML Player Information Coordinator, Fuld, or their Manager for Advanced Scouting, Calitri, but I'd rather have cards for any of the omitted pitchers than repeats for them again. A David Montgomery tribute card also would have been fitting and appropriate. (One of these days, I'm hoping the Phillies put me in charge of crafting the checklist for these sets!)
There has not been a broadcasters card since the 2017 first edition team photo card 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): Kapler
Phillie Phanatic (1)
Other Cards (2): Calitri, Fuld
Rarities: Updated 7/12/19 - For being a group leader this season, and purchasing at least 100 tickets, the Phillies sent me a "Publication Package" recently that included a 2019 Yearbook, Media Guide, program and photo card set. Much to my surprise, I realized the photo card set still had a clean seal, unlike the sets currently available at the ballpark from which the Herrera cards had been pulled. The set sent to me by the Phillies contained not only the missing Herrera card but an Aaron Altherr card.
Altherr was selected off waivers by the Giants on May 11th, over two weeks before these sets went on sale at the ballpark on May 28th. These two cards should be considered rarities from this issuance and not part of the regular set.
- 23 - Aaron Altherr
- 37 - Odubel Herrera
Update (1/25/20): Fellow collector Rick was sent a photo from Joe Girardi's appearance at the Reading Fightin Phils' Baseballtown Winter Caravan held on January 21st. Girardi is shown signing photo cards in the style of this set.
- 25 - Joe Girardi MG