It was close, but the total number of Phillies cards I own from 2001 wasn't enough to top the tally from 2000. The final tabulation shows I have 765 different 2001 Phillies cards as compared to 776 different 2000 Phillies cards.
The break-down for the starting nine is as follows: catcher Johnny Estrada (8 cards), first baseman Travis Lee (22), second baseman Marlon Anderson (7), third baseman Scott Rolen (93), shortstop Jimmy Rollins (29), left fielder Pat Burrell (73), center fielder Doug Glanville (21), right fielder Bobby "Don't Call Me Bob" Abreu (56) and staff ace Robert Person (17). Despite Person's status as the team's staff ace, the Phils managed a 2nd place finish during Larry Bowa's first year as manager. I have 6 different Bowa cards in the 2001 Phillies binder.
A disturbing trend in player selection started in 2001, as two of the stalwarts of the Phillies bullpen - Eddie Oropesa and Jose Santiago - were not featured at all as Phillies on any mainstream baseball card releases. Another new development was the prominence of former Phillies greats featured throughout 2001 baseball card releases. I have 32 different Mike Schmidt cards from 2001, and 11 different Steve Carlton cards.
Ryan Howard made his Phillies baseball card debut in 2001, as he's featured in the Upper Deck Prospect Premieres set as well as the Batavia Muckdogs team issued set.