Number of Cards: 33
Card Size: 3 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Description: As was the case with all Phillies photocards issued throughout the 1970s, these cards feature a black and white photo with the players' name below. The backs of the cards are blank and there's no indication on the cards themselves that they're from 1978. Some of the cards contain blue facsimile autographs, as noted on the checklist below. Tug McGraw's card features a rare horizontal format to fit his post wind-up photo.
How Distributed: The cards were handed out to fans individually and supplied to the players in order to reply to fan mail or honor autograph requests. I could be wrong, but I don't believe the cards were ever available in complete set form.
Complete Standard Checklist: The cards are unnumbered, but I've presented them below ordered by uniform number.
First Appearances (4): Cardenal, Eastwick, Harrelson, Morrison
Returning Players (23): Boone, Bowa, Brusstar, Carlton, Christenson, Foote, Garber, Hebner, Johnson, Johnstone, Kaat, Lerch, Lonborg, Luzinski, Maddox, Martin, McBride, McCarver, McGraw, Reed, Ruthven, Schmidt, Sizemore
I actually get disappointed now when there's not someone with a One and Done card in these sets. 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.
Manager (1): Ozark
Coaches (5): Beringer, DeMars, Rippelmeyer, Taylor, Wine
Phillie Phanatic (0)
Commemorative Cards (0)
Variations/Rarities: As Rick points out in his comment below, there are three variations to be found within this set. Note that these aren't necessarily rarities as I'm not sure which version of each player's card is more prevalent.
- Tim McCarver (action photo - swinging)
- Tug McGraw (portrait)
- Mike Schmidt (auto)
Also See: 1978 Phillies Spring Training and 1978 SSPC Baseball the Phillies Way - Part One and Part Two.
Trivia: The Beckett database has no record of this set. Bob Boone's card uses the same photo as his 1977 photocard, but with a slightly different autograph placement.
Resources: The Trading Card Database; Phillies collectors Steve and Rick (@rickphils)