Tuesday, March 30, 2010

2010 Chachi Mike Schmidt Special #MS3 1980-1983

The early '80s were very good to Mike Schmidt. He helped lead the Phillies to their first World Championship. He won back-to-back NL MVP honors in 1981 and 1982. He was in the midst of six straight All-Star Game appearances. And he appeared on a ton of baseball cards. The entrance of Donruss and Fleer into the hobby in 1981 meant even more Mike Schmidt cards.

Any pack of baseball cards yielding a Mike Schmidt card in the early '80s was instantly a great pack. I didn't own his 1980 card until years later, but I had a few versions of his Burger King card which was virtually the same thing. I always loved the 1981 card - the eye black, the mini Phillies hat in the corner, the baby blue road uniform, the fact he was yelling something important to someone on the field. The 1982 card is probably my least favorite of the bunch, and it seemed as if Topps used variations of this posed shot on at least 5 or 6 of its 1982 issues. The 1983 card was never one of my favorites either, solely for the fact it appears as if the mighty Michael Jack has just grounded weakly to short.

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