Wednesday, September 16, 2020

2012 Phillies Team-Issued Photo Cards - 2nd Edition

Number of Cards:  46
Card Size:  4" x 6"
Description:  Full bleed photos are the focus of this card's minimalist design.  The player's name can be found at the bottom of each card, with his uniform number and position in one of the top corners on either side of a simple Phillies "P" logo.  The horizontal card backs feature biographical information and complete career statistics.

How Distributed:  I purchased the original 40-card second edition set at Citizens Bank Park on July 21, 2012.  I was impressed (and I'm still impressed) with the player selection and the actual thought that went into putting together a checklist for this second half set.  Here is my original post documenting the players added and subtracted from the 2012 first edition set.

Very late in the season, the Phillies released a second version of this set, adding the six cards featured in the Complete Update Checklist below and dropping the six cards for Joe Blanton, Mike Fontenot, Hunter Pence, Jason Pridie, Brian Sanches and Shane Victorino who had all left the team via trade or release.  This post discussed the discovery of these late season cards and this post documents the additions and subtractions to the set after I had acquired it in late October 2012.

Complete Standard Checklist (Unnumbered, presented here alphabetically with uniform number and position on the front of cards): 

1. Antonio Bastardo (#37 - LHP)      
2. Mick Billmeyer (#17 - CO)
3. Joe Blanton (#56 - RHP)
4. Jake Diekman (#63 - LHP)
5. Rich Dubee (#30 - CO)
6. Mike Fontenot (#18 - INF)
7. Freddy Galvis (#13 - INF)
8. Greg Gross (#21 - CO)
9. Roy Halladay (#34 - RHP)
10. Cole Hamels (#35 - LHP)
11. Jeremy Horst (#47 - LHP)
12. Ryan Howard (#6 - 1B)
13. Kyle Kendrick (#38 - RHP)
14. Erik Kratz (#31 - C)        
15. Cliff Lee (#33 - LHP)
16. Hector Luna (#29 - INF)
17. Pete Mackanin (#5 - CO)
18. Charlie Manuel (#41 - MG)
19. John Mayberry Jr. (#15 - OF)
20. Laynce Nix (#19 - OF)
21. Jonathan Papelbon (#58 - RHP)      
22. Hunter Pence (#3 - RF)
23. Sam Perlozzo (#2 - CO)
24. Juan Pierre (#10 - LF)
25. Placido Polanco (#27 - 3B)
26. Jason Pridie (#16 - OF)
27. Jimmy Rollins (#11 - SS)
28. Carlos Ruiz (#51 - C) 
29. Juan Samuel (#12 - CO)
30. Brian Sanches (#48 - RHP)
31. Joe Savery (#55 - LHP)
32. Brian Schneider (#23 - C)
33. Michael Schwimer (#44 - RHP)      
34. Chase Utley (#26 - 2B)
35. Raul Valdes (#46 - LHP)
36. Shane Victorino (#8 - CF)
37. Ty Wigginton (#24 - INF)
38. Vance Worley (#49 - RHP)
39. Phillie Phanatic
40. Phillies Broadcasters

Complete Update Checklist, 2nd Version: 

1. Domonic Brown (#9 - OF)
2. Kevin Frandsen (#28 - INF)      
3. Josh Lindblom (#43 - RHP)
4. Michael Martinez (#7 - INF)        
5. B.J. Rosenberg (#53 - RHP)      
6. Nate Schierholtz (#22 - OF)
One and Only Phillies Baseball Card (3):  Fontenot, Luna, Pridie
First Appearance in Phillies Team Issued Set (10):  Diekman, Frandsen, Horst, Kratz, Lindblom, Rosenberg, Sanches, Savery, Schierholtz, Valdes
Returning Players in Phillies Team Issued Set (24):  Bastardo, Blanton, Brown, Galvis, Halladay, Hamels, Howard, Kendrick, Lee, Martinez, Mayberry Jr., Nix, Papelbon, Pence, Pierre, Polanco, Rollins, Ruiz, Schneider, Schwimer, Utley, Victorino, Wigginton, Worley

It's extremely impressive (and surprising) that Pridie has a card in this set, as he appeared in just nine games with the Phillies in July.  Fontenot and Luna also receive their one and only Phillies baseball cards in this set.

Manager (1):  Manuel
Coaches (6):  Billmeyer, Dubee, Gross, Mackanin, Perlozzo, Samuel
Phillie Phanatic (1):  The Phanatic returns to the set after a one year absence.
Broadcasters (1):  After an absence in the first edition, the broadcasters get their own card in the second edition set.  Newcomer Gregg Murphy joins Tom McCarthy, Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen, Gary Matthews, Chris Wheeler and Jim Jackson.

Omissions:  Pete Orr is the only real omission here, as he appeared in 35 games and didn't make it into either the first or second release of this set.  Orr was on the opening day roster, was sent down to the minors on June 6th and returned to the club on September 4th.

Variations/Rarities:  Fellow collectors Steve and Rick have been invaluable in helping me checklist the variations and rarities from this set.  There are at least 10 versions of these photo cards available with a Phillies logo on the back, and these cards were used primarily for the players to sign at various public appearances.  The photos for these variations are the same used for the regularly issued cards.  The list below might not be complete and we learned of new variations available as late as December 2019 when Rick attended the annual Phillies holiday sale and completely bought out the team's inventory of autographed photo cards for sale.

Additionally, the Phillies used this design to feature new players and coaches who joined the team during the 2012-2013 offseason.  These cards were presumably produced for the sole purpose of public appearances during the team's various winter caravan stops, and again there's only the Phillies script logo on the backs.

Phillies Logo Back       
1. Mick Billmeyer (#17 - CO)

2. Rich Dubee (#30 - CO)
3. Kevin Frandsen (#28 - INF)
4. Erik Kratz (#31 - C)
5. Charlie Manuel (#41 - MG)
6. John Mayberry, Jr. (#15 - OF)
7. Laynce Nix (#19 - OF)
8. Jonathan Papelbon (#58 - RHP)        
9. Sam Perlozzo (#2 - CO)
10. Carlos Ruiz (#51 - C)

Offseason Additions
1. Mike Adams (#37 - RHP)
2. Steve Henderson (#5 - CO)

3. Wally Joyner (#21 - CO)
4. John Lannan (#27 - LHP)
5. Rod Nichols (#54 - CO)
6. Ben Revere (#2 - CF)

Interestingly enough, all these variations/rarities cards have a 2013 copyright date on the backs (see below) and they're listed here with the 2012 set only because these cards use that set's design.  Revere was acquired from the Twins on December 6, 2012 and Adams was signed as a free agent on December 20, 2012.

Resources:  14,000 PhilliesThe Trading Card Database (excludes the additional six late season cards).

This set was originally featured in a post back in January 2015, and I'm going to slowly go through some of these team issued set posts and update them with new information gleaned (if any) over the past five-plus years.

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