|1973 Topps #615|
In the summer of 1988, my Dad purchased this Schmidt rookie card from Kit Young Cards. We used to get the Kit Young catalogs, and I'd pore through them by the hour, always stopping to admire the page of rookie cards from the '60s and '70s. Buying the card locally was out of the question, as there was an implicit home-team mark-up on any Phillies cards - especially Schmidt's. My Dad thought getting this card from an out-of-town dealer was the way to go. I was completely speechless when he handed me the envelope containing my new treasure the day it arrived in the mail. He had called Kit Young Cards, spoke to the owner, and in his words, "got quite a deal."
I may have more valuable cards in my collection these days, but the memory of my Dad tracking this card down for me makes it far more valuable than any other Phillies card in my collection.
Topps has reproduced the iconic card several times over the years. Some of the reproductions are either spot on or at least accurate while others (actually one in particular) have been complete failures. If you want a true reproduction of the card, your best bet is the 1998 Topps Stars Reprint card (see all the way below), which is pretty close to the original. It took me a while to see a few variances in the font between the original and this reprint, and the card has a glossy finish. It's also nice to see Ron Cey and John Hilton on the card as they were both lopped off of future "reprints."
|2001 Topps Archives #71, 2004 Topps Shoe Box Collection #62,|
2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites #50 and 2006 Topps Rookie of the Week #17
The 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites card isn't a reprint per se, but rather a new version of Schmidt's 1973 Topps card using a photo from the same era and this time giving us the 1973 Topps silhouette of a third baseman. It gets extra points for including Schmidt's entire career stats on the back. However, we're back to the unneeded "Third Basemen" bit at the top of the card. Finally, the 2006 Topps Rookie of the Week card just makes me sad. This is simply a crappy card and I'm guessing it took the graphics guy at Topps all of three minutes to slap this one together. The picture isn't from the correct era, there's way too much white space on the card and unless you knew Schmidt's rookie card was from the 1973 set, you'd have no idea what Topps was even trying to approximate with this card.
On Sunday, I'll take a look at the other Phillies cards featured in the 1973 Topps set.
|1998 Topps Stars Reprint #4|