The 1990 Topps set is easily one of my least favorite Topps sets of all-time, taking its rightful place alongside sets from 1995 and 1999. Topps could have redeemed itself (slightly) for using such a ghastly design by including a final card of Mike Schmidt, which would have featured his complete career statistics on the back. I'm already aware of one other custom-made 1990 Topps Mike Schmidt card, which was perfectly executed, but I thought I'd throw my hat in the ring with the card featured here. I used the picture from the 1989 Phillies Yearbook for the card.
Finally, I had a few great suggestions as to what to put in the 4th spot on this card. I love the idea of doing a Then and Now card, or featuring a picture from Schmidt's 500th home run. I also love the idea of having Schmidt thinking about one of the great third baseman of yesteryear (Pinky Whitney?) similar to what Topps did with its 1986 tribute to Pete Rose by incorporating Ty Cobb in a bubble over Rose's head. In the end though, I decided to go with his Hall of Fame plaque, which I thought served as a fitting bookend to the overall tribute.