Monday, October 19, 2020

2007 Phillies Team-Issued Photo Cards

Number of Cards:
Card Size:  4" x 6"
Description:  Full color photos are surrounded by a blue border (for pitchers) or a red border (for everyone else) with the player's name featured prominently in blue or red at the top of each card.  The Citizens Bank Park logo can be found in one of the four corners on the fronts.  Ryan Howard's card, from the first version of this set, contains a gold badge commemorating his 2006 N.L. MVP win.  An updated set was issued after the All-Star break containing a second version of Howard's card omitting the gold badge.  The horizontal card backs feature biographical information and complete career statistics.

How Distributed:  The original 36-card set was available for sale at Citizens Bank Park throughout the first half of the season.  Early in the second half of the season, 7 new cards were added to the set with 6 cards removed.  I'll take a closer look at the additions and subtractions below.

Complete Standard Checklist (Unnumbered, presented here alphabetically with position on the front of cards, uniform number on backs): 
1. Antonio Alfonseca (#57 - RHP)          
2. Rod Barajas (#2 - C)
3. Mick Billmeyer (#17 - CO)
4. Pat Burrell (#5 - LF)
5. Fabio Castro (#52 - LHP)
6. Chris Coste (#27 - C/INF)
7. Greg Dobbs (#19 - INF/OF)
8. Rich Dubee (#30 - CO)
9. Adam Eaton (#23 - RHP)
10. Freddy Garcia (#34 - RHP)
11. Karim Garcia (#10 - OF)  
12. Geoff Geary (#56 - RHP)

13. Tom Gordon (#45 - RHP)
14. Cole Hamels (#35 - LHP)
15. Wes Helms (#18 - 3B)
16. Ramon Henderson (#31 - CO)
17. Ryan Howard (#6 - 1B, MVP Logo)          
18. Jon Lieber (#21 - RHP)
19. Davey Lopes (#15 - CO)
20. Ryan Madson (#63 - RHP)
21. Charlie Manuel (#41 - MG)
22. Jamie Moyer (#50 - LHP)
23. Brett Myers (#39 - RHP)
24. Abraham Nunez (#3 - INF)    

25. Jimmy Rollins (#11 - SS)
26. Aaron Rowand (#33 - CF)
27. Carlos Ruiz (#51 - C)
28. Matt Smith (#40 - LHP)          
29. Steve Smith (#7 - CO)
30. Milt Thompson (#25 - CO)
31. Chase Utley (#26 - 2B)
32. Shane Victorino (#8 - RF)
33. Jayson Werth (#28 - OF)
34. Jimy Williams (#22 - CO)
35. Phillie Phanatic
36. Phillies Broadcasters
Complete Update Checklist, 2nd Version:  

1. Michael Bourn (#9 - OF)
2. Ryan Howard (#6 - 1B, No MVP Logo)          
3. Kyle Kendrick (#38 - RHP)
4. Jose Mesa (#49 - RHP)
5. J.C. Romero (#16 - LHP)          
6. Francisco Rosario (#54 - RHP)          
7. Mike Zagurski (#59 - LHP)

One and Only Phillies Baseball Card (1):  K. Garcia
First Appearance in Phillies Team Issued Set (17):  Alfonseca, Barajas, Bourn, Castro, Coste, Dobbs, Eaton, F. Garcia, Helms, Kendrick, Moyer, Romero, Rosario, Ruiz, M. Smith, Werth, Zagurski
Returning Players in Phillies Team Issued Set (15):  Burrell, Geary, Gordon, Hamels, Howard (2), Lieber, Madson, Mesa, Myers, Nunez, Rollins, Rowand, Utley, Victorino

Manager (1):  Manuel
Coaches (7):  Billmeyer, Dubee, Henderson, Lopes, S. Smith, Thompson, Williams
Phillie Phanatic (1):  This is one of the strangest Phanatic cards from all the team issued sets.  The card is horizontal and someone played picture putty with the fans in the background of the photo to create a multi-colored psychedelic design.
Broadcasters (1):  Scott Graham got the boot and was replaced by Gary Matthews in the booth.  Sarge is joined on this card by Harry Kalas, Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen and Chris Wheeler.

Here's the rationale for the six cards removed from the second version of the set available for sale at some point early in the second half of the season:

Karim Garcia - Released by the Phillies on March 28th, prior to opening day.
Matt Smith - Sent down to Ottawa on April 26th and had Tommy John surgery on July 3rd.
Fabio Castro - Spent most of the summer in Triple-A Ottawa, spending three weeks with the club between late April and mid-May.
Freddy Garcia - Went on the disabled list on June 9th, not to return.
Ryan Howard (MVP Logo) - For reasons we'll never know, the Phillies replaced the Howard card with an MVP logo with a logo-less version for the second edition of the set.
Jon Lieber - Went on the disabled list on June 23rd, not to return.

And the seven cards added to the second version of the set:

Michael Bourn - Made the club's opening day roster.
Francisco Rosario - Recalled on April 9th, but was on the disabled list from mid-June through the end of August.
Mike Zagurski - Had two different stints with the club, first getting recalled on May 25th.
Jose Mesa - Rejoined the Phillies on June 9th after being released by the Tigers.
Kyle Kendrick - Called up on June 13th from Ottawa and never went back down.
J.C. Romero - Joined the team on June 29th after being claimed off waivers from the Red Sox.
Ryan Howard (No MVP Logo) - See above.

  The inclusion of a Karim Garcia is somewhat of a surprise, and the checklist's creator swung and missed on predicting the team's opening day roster.  Bourn, and three relievers who made the club out of spring training were completely overlooked - Clay Condrey, Zack Segovia and Joe Bisenius.

The annual ALS Phestival was held on May 21st this season.  Looking at the Phillies' active roster at the time of the Phestival, only Condrey and reliever Yoel Hernandez were without photo cards.

The second version of the set couldn't have been released prior to early July, as Romero was added to the roster on June 29th.  Looking at the team's roster for their first home game following the All-Star Break on July 13th, pitchers Brian Sanches, J.D. Durbin and Anderson Garcia were all active and in the bullpen but not included in the updated second version of the set.

Variations/Rarities:  As I learned after publishing my original post on this set back in December 2014, Steve let me know there were cards made in the style of this set for Geoff Jenkins and Brad Lidge, both added in the 2007-2008 offseason.  The Lidge card I have in my collection has a completely blank back.  Rick added there are cards with facsimile autographs for four of the team's stars:

Facsimile Autographs       
Pat Burrell (#5 - LF)
2. Ryan Howard (#6 - 1B)
3. Jimmy Rollins (#11 - SS)          
4. Chase Utley (#26 - 2B)

Offseason Additions
1. Geoff Jenkins (OF)
2. Brad Lidge (RHP)

Also See:  The Phillies and Upper Deck gave away a pack of baseball cards on Alumni Night featuring 25 regular cards and 10 "Vintage" cards featuring Phillies alumni.  The alumni cards only came one per pack, making them much harder to track down.

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 gleaned (if any) over the past nearly six years.

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