Number of Cards: 36
Card Size: 4" x 6"
Description: The fronts feature full color photos with the player's, coach's or manager's name in grey letters against a red stripe background. The Interleague Play Inaugural Year logo is also featured on the fronts of the cards. The card backs feature biographical information along with complete career statistics.
How Distributed: The 36-card set was available for sale at Veterans Stadium throughout the season. The 2001 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards notes that the set was sold for $10. For the third year in a row, there was no update set issued.
Complete Standard Checklist: The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
First Appearances (14): Blazier, Brogna, Hudler, Leiter, Maduro, Magee Jr., May, Parent, Portugal, Rolen, Ruffcorn, Sefcik, Spradlin, Tartabull
Returning Players (12): Amaro, Bottalico, Daulton, Jefferies, Jordan, Lieberthal, Mimbs, Morandini, Munoz, Ryan, Schilling, Stocker
Change was in the air in 1997, as less than half of the players or coaches featured in this set had appeared in previous team issued sets. Relievers Harris and Plantenberg make their first and last appearances on Phillies baseball cards.
The First Appearance designation is for players who have never before appeared within a Phillies team issued set. These players may have already appeared on other Phillies baseball cards. (And I'm not including the rare 1996 Rolen team issued card documented within the 1996 Phillies Team Issue post.)
Manager (1): Francona
Coaches (6): Cisco, Cottier, McRae, Mills, Rigoli, Vukovich
Phillie Phanatic (1): The Phanatic is once again pictured riding his ATV.
Commemorative Cards (0)
Variations/Rarities: I wasn't aware of any variations or rarities to be found in connection with this set . . . until (once again) Rick weighed in with his comment below. The following cards were available at the 1997 ALS Phillies Phestival:
- 55 - Matt Beech
- 58 - Wayne Gomes
Resources: Beckett.com; Phillies collector Rick (@rickphils)