Set Type: Primary
Card dimensions: 2½” x 3½”
Manufacturer: Parody Productions
Additional Information/14,000 Phillies Commentary: A revised and updated version of the 2006 Hero Decks (Phillies) Baseball Heroes playing card set. Aside from the player selection for the spades, the most easily discernable difference between the two sets is the back of the cards, which previously depicted a baseball against a red background. Otherwise, the hearts, diamonds and clubs are basically the same cards that appeared in the 2006 version of the set, with the text on the card slightly realigned. However, a few cards which bore a nickname in the previous version, such as Willie “Puddin’ Head” Jones, no longer show the monikers, and Grover Cleveland Alexander’s name is somewhat oddly revised as Pete “Grover Cleveland” Alexander — Pete should be in quotes as a nickname. Th final notable difference is that Charlie Manuel replaces Jim Fregosi as the sole manager (Joker) in the deck.
As for the spades, the Phillies run of success understandably made Parody Productions reconsider the players representing the ’90s through the present. Schilling was demoted from his position as Ace, where Halladay was inserted — yes, he had a historic 2010 season, but at the time this may have been jumping the gun a little. Abreu was demoted from King, the position Parody typically reserved for the best position player/2nd best pitcher of that particular suit’s era, with Howard promoted to the spot. Along with some other reshuffling of positions, the revised suit also includes (in addition to Halladay) Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, while removing Mike Lieberthal, Lenny Dykstra, Randy Wolf and Brett Myers. For the most part, I don’t have any real issues with the lineup change, but it’s a shame that Lieberthal had to go, given the amount of time he spent with the team. It seems to me that Parody could’ve bumped Daulton into the hearts with other players from the ’80s to save Lieberthal’s spot.
Grover Cleveland Alexander
Charlie Manuel (manager)
Harry Kalas (broadcaster)