2006 Hero Decks Philadelphia (Phillies) Baseball Heroes

2005 Hero Deck Rixey

Set Type: Primary
Card dimensions: 2½” x 3½”
Manufacturer: Parody Productions
Additional Information/14,000 Phillies Commentary: One of many different team-themed playing card decks produced by Parody Productions. Set was sold at various retail outlets as well as on the Hero Decks website. The four suits divide the Phillies into different eras: Spades depict players from the 19th century through the 1940s; Diamonds, the ’50s & ’60s; Hearts, the ’70s and ’80s, and Clubs, players from the ’90s through the present. The cards contain all original artwork, rather than pictures, and display the years played for the Phillies, notable nicknames, and a brief summation of the player’s accomplishments. The playing cards were not licensed by either MLB or the MLBPA. SCD’s 2011 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards does not list this set, despite the fact it lists a number of other Hero Decks issued the previous year. A revised second edition was issued towards the end of 2010.

Quite frankly, I don’t know how Parody Productions gets away with issuing these sets, but clearly they have found some sort of loophole that allows them to do so without any licensing whatsoever. My guess is that the artwork is what allows them to do this. Although the artwork is cartoonish in the manner most frequently used by political cartoonists, it is otherwise quite good and the players are readily recognizable — as are the Phillies uniform logos throughout the years. This set may in fact be the easiest way to obtain cards of a few select pre-War Phillies who rarely appear on modern sets depicting retired/deceased players — most notably, Eppa Rixey, Napoleon Lajoie and Jack Clements.

It was interesting to see Dick Allen placed with the ’70s and ’80s era Phillies, even though he really should have been included with the ’50s & ’60s stars. To Parody Production’s credit, Allen is depicted in the proper uniform based on his grouping — take that, Topps! Otherwise, the Phillies’ history means that the eras are easily delineated, and even the choice of Aces for each grouping seems rather cut-and-dry. Quite honestly, I cannot think of one Phillie who should have been in this set who wasn’t — hell, it even has Pete Rose in it (something made much easier by the lack of licensing). However, the selection of Fregosi as the lone manager was something of a head-scratcher; quite frankly, either Harry Wright, Gene Mauch, Danny Ozark, or Dallas Green would have been a much better, more defensible choice. The 2010 second edition rectifies this, but more on that at the appropriate time.

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A♥
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10♥
J♥
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K♥
A♦
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J♦
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9♣
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J♣
Q♣
K♣
(Joker)
(Joker)
Curt Schilling
Mike Lieberthal
Ryan Howard
Chase Utley
Scott Rolen
Jimmy Rollins
Pat Burrell
Lenny Dykstra
John Kruk
Darren Daulton
Randy Wolf
Brett Myers
Bobby Abreu
Steve Carlton
Bob Boone
Pete Rose
Juan Samuel
Dick Allen
Larry Bowa
Greg Luzinski
Garry Maddox
Bake McBride
Larry Christenson
Jim Lonborg
Tug McGraw
Mike Schmidt
Robin Roberts
Andy Seminick
Don Hurst
Tony Taylor
Willie Jones
Granny Hamner
Del Ennis
Richie Ashburn
Johnny Callison
Jim Konstanty
Chris Short
Curt Simmons
Jim Bunning
Grover Alexander
Jack Clements
Fred Luderus
Napoleon Lajoie
Pinky Whitney
Dave Bancroft
Billy Hamilton
Cy Williams
Chuck Klein
Gavvy Cravath
Sam Thompson
Eppa Rixey
Ed Delahanty
Jim Fregosi (manager)
Harry Kalas (broadcaster)
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2 responses to “2006 Hero Decks Philadelphia (Phillies) Baseball Heroes

  1. steveinphilly

    I always liked these sets (which perpetually seemed to be for sale by the registers at Borders). I have a Phillies and an Eagles one. Thanks for the heads-up on there being a second edition, which I hadn’t realized.

    My only regret was never having gotten the Harry Kalas card signed when I could have. There aren’t a lot of Kalas cards out there, and I think the chances of adding one to my collection are slim. (In addition to three or four broadcaster photocards that I have signed by the whole bunch including Kalas, that is.)

    • I recall them being next to the registers at Borders for the longest time as well. In fact, I actually don’t recall seeing them anywhere else, but I cannot imagine that they were a Borders exclusive.

      You can get the second edition directly from the Hero Desks website, or there are a few different dealers on eBay selling them. I feel that it’s definitely worth getting, even if they are only a few changes — but more on that tomorrow (there was a reason I decided to post this checklist today).

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