Monday, October 26, 2020

2006 Phillies Team-Issued Photo Cards

Number of Cards:
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, first version of this set was available for sale at Citizens Bank Park throughout at least the first month of the season.  At some point after the season was underway, and perhaps even as early as mid-May, four player cards were added, and for some reason the cards of coaches Mick Billmeyer and Milt Thompson were re-issued with different photos.  The cards of Tomas Perez, Ricardo Rodriguez and Robinson Tejada were removed from the second version of the set.  Rodriguez was released on March 29th, Tejada was traded to the Rangers on April 1st for David Dellucci and Perez was released on April 2nd.

The second version of the set was advertised with a sticker displayed prominently on the front of the packaging (see below).  Three of the four players added were on the team's opening day roster - Dellucci, Gavin Floyd and Geoff Geary.  Top prospect Cole Hamels was the fourth player added, and he was recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on May 12th.  As the photo used for Hamels' card was taken during spring training, the Phillies could have rushed an updated version of the set to be ready for Hamels' debut or at least shortly thereafter.

Complete Standard Checklist (Unnumbered, presented here alphabetically with uniform number from the front of cards): 
1. Bobby Abreu (#53)         
2. David Bell (#25)
3. Mick Billmeyer CO (#17)          
4. Marc Bombard CO (#7)
5. Eude Brito (#58)
6. Pat Burrell (#5)
7. Rheal Cormier (#37)
8. Bill Dancy CO (#16)
9. Rich Dubee CO (#28)
10. Sal Fasano (#13)
11. Ryan Franklin (#23) 
12. Aaron Fultz (#46)
13. Alex Gonzalez 
14. Tom Gordon (#45)
15. Ramon Henderson CO (#31)          
16. Ryan Howard (#6)
17. Cory Lidle (#30)       
18. Jon Lieber (#21)
19. Mike Lieberthal (#24)
20. Ryan Madson (#63)
21. Charlie Manuel MG (#41)
22. Brett Myers (#39)
23. Abraham Nunez (#3)
24. Tomas Perez (#9)
25. Arthur Rhodes (#22)  

Ricardo Rodriguez (#47)
27. Jimmy Rollins (#11) 
28. Aaron Rowand (#33)         
29. Julio Santana (#44)
30. Robinson Tejada (#50)
31. Milt Thompson CO (#15)          
32. Chase Utley (#26)
33. Gary Varsho CO (#19)
34. Shane Victorino (#18)
35. Randy Wolf (#43)
36. Phillie Phanatic
37. Phillies Broadcasters

Complete Update Checklist, 2nd Version:  

1. Mick Billmeyer CO (#17) - In the dugout   
2. David Dellucci (#2)

3. Gavin Floyd (#34)
4. Geoff Geary (#56)                    
5. Cole Hamels (#35)          
6. Milt Thompson CO (#15) - Watching BP          
One and Only Phillies Baseball Card (1):  Rodriguez
First Appearance in Phillies Team Issued Set (14):  Brito, Dellucci, Fasano, Franklin, Geary, Gonzalez, Hamels, Howard, Nunez, Rhodes, Rowand, Santana, Tejada, Victorino
Returning Players in Phillies Team Issued Set (16):  Abreu, Bell, Burrell, Cormier, Floyd, Fultz, Gordon, Lidle, Lieber, Lieberthal, Madson, Myers, Perez, Rollins, Utley, Wolf

Manager (1):  Manuel
Coaches (7):  Billmeyer (2), Bombard, Dancy, Dubee, Henderson, Thompson (2), Varsho
Phillie Phanatic (1)
Broadcasters (1):  The set contains the highly coveted Scott Franzke rookie card.  Franzke is featured along with fellow broadcasters Scott Graham, Chris Wheeler, Larry Andersen and Harry Kalas.

Version 1
Version 2
Version 1
Version 2

  The Phillies made a flurry of roster moves before opening day, so the creator of this set's checklist can be forgiven for opting to include Rodriguez (who never played a game for the Phillies) Perez and Tejada and missing out on Dellucci, Floyd and Geary.

Omissions:  There are a few omissions here, although none are egregious.  Reliever Chris Booker started the season on the disabled list and was claimed off waivers by the Royals on May 10th.  There are a number of players who were seeing regular time with the club prior to the All-Star Break.  Catchers Carlos Ruiz and Chris Coste were both recalled at various points over the first few months of the season due to injuries to Mike Lieberthal and Sal Fasano.  Relievers Clay Condrey and Brian Sanches were up and down a few times as was outfielder Chris Roberson.  Rick White was claimed off waivers from the Reds on June 23rd.

The annual ALS Phillies Phestival was held on May 22nd.  The only players on the active 25-man roster on that date without photo cards are Coste, Roberson and Ruiz.  The Phillies acquired veterans Jamie Moyer, Jose Hernandez and Jeff Conine in August for an improbable pennant run, so there were plenty of options had the team decided to issue an update set.

Variations/Rarities:  Fellow collector Rick clued me in to cards being available with black facsimile autographs for four of the team's stars.

Facsimile Autographs       
Pat Burrell (#5)
2. Ryan Howard (#6)

3. Mike Lieberthal (#24)
4. Jimmy Rollins (#11)

Also See:  The Phillies gave away a set of Wall of Fame postcards on August 11th featuring cards of the 29 Wall of Famers, up through the 2006 induction of Dallas Green.  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.

Resources:  Phillies collectors Steve and Rick (@rickphils).

This set was originally featured in a post back in December 2014, and I'm going to slowly go through some of these team issued set posts and update them with new information learend (if any) over the past nearly six years.

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