Tag Archives: third baseman

1985 Fleer ‘Schmidt-In-Action’

1985 Fleer ‘Schmidt-In-Action’

I tell you what, I used to love these ‘In Action’ cards as a kid.

And to be honest, I think that they hold up very well some thirty years later too!!!

This card features Hall of Famer, Michael Jack Schmidt, and it comes from the 1985 Fleer baseball card set.

Have a look:

I think that why I like these so much is that you get the complete story – all in one card.  And while I no very little about the art of photography, I have to imagine that the advances technology of today would make for some pretty neat modern versions of this kind of imagery.

Are you listening, Topps??

1984 Topps – 1983 Home Run Leaders Starring Mike Schmidt & Jim Rice

1984 Topps – 1983 Home Run Leaders Starring Mike Schmidt & Jim Rice

Here, Here, for the League Leader baseball card!!

This little 3″ X 2″ pieces of cardboard encapsulate baseball history and preserve it for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

This card comes from the 1984 Topps baseball card set and honors the Home Run leaders from the 1983 baseball season.

Have a look:

RICE 84T LL

In 1983, the ‘Home Run King’ was Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies.  He paced all of major league baseball with his 40 home runs.  Not too far behind him was Jim Rice of the Boston Red Sox who led the American League with 39 round-trippers.

This card makes its way into the Mike Schmidt player collection that I am piecing together.   I’ll have to grab another one, in time, for the Jim Rice set of cards that I recently started building.

Mike Schmidt 1988 Donruss All-Star

Mike Schmidt 1988 Donruss All-Star

I am a big fan of baseball cards that celebrate achievement.  And while I may not agree with how players are chosen for the baseball’s annual All-Star Game, I am always happy to see the attention that these special players are given by the card companies by being named All-Stars.

And Donruss did a pretty solid job of it back in the day – much better than Topps, for sure!!

This is Mike Schmidt’s card from the 1988 Donruss set.

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This card celebrates Schmidt’s selection to the 1987 National League All-Star team.

It was a worthy honor and it marks 11th of Schmidt’s 12 All-Star Game selections.

Mike Schmidt 2013 Topps Archives – 1972 Topps Design

Mike Schmidt 2013 Topps Archives – 1972 Topps Design

Sure, I was happy to see Mike Schmidt’s name appear on the 2013 Topps Archives checklist when it was released prior to the set’s launch.

And when I saw that Mr. Schmidt was going to be a part of the 50 cards that make up the 1972 Topps portion of the set, I got a bit more excited because with his coif-haristyle, heavy mustache, and tinted shades, I thought Schmidt was a player whose look personified the style of the 1970’s.

Sadly, instead of drawing a smile on my face, this card does the opposite. 

Have a look:

ARCHIVES SCHMIDT

Frown = Disappointment

 

Mike Schmidt 1981 Donruss *MVP*

Mike Schmidt 1981 Donruss *MVP*

I am a big fan of cards that celebrate the history of the sport and the great players that help build it.

So, when I hear that a card celebrates a player’s winning of the MVP Award, I get pretty excited.

And that it what happened with the 1981 Donruss set.  They built a card to commemorate Mike Schmidt’s winning of the 1980 National League MVP Award.

Unfortunately, it looks like this:

Ok, far from spectacular, but I am willing to give Donruss a pass on this one…

It was their debut set and they didn’t really have creativity going in their favor.  But, they could have kicked in a better image selection…  That would have helped.

1984 Topps NL Active Home Run Leaders Starring Schmidt, Perez, And Kingman

1984 Topps NL Active Home Run Leaders Starring Schmidt, Perez, And Kingman

And why not start this wonderful Tuesday morning celebrating the home run??

The Long-Ball!

The Round Tripper!!

The Opo-Taco!!!

In the 1984 Topps baseball card set, Topps gave us a subset that acknowledged the active career leaders in multiple statistical categories.

The card below celebrates the Active Home Run leaders that were preparing to enter the 1984 baseball season.

Have a look:

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And there he is, front and center – Mike Schmidt!!

Entering the ’84 season, Schmidt led the MLB with 389 career home runs.  He would end his major league run with 548.

Atta Boy Schmidtty!!!

Mike Schmidt 1989 Fleer Update – ‘Fleer Salutes A Champion’

Mike Schmidt 1989 Fleer Update – ‘Fleer Salutes A Champion’

I am a big fan of commemoratives, so it should come as no surprise to you that I really like this baseball card.

Have a look:

When Mike Schmidt retired from the major leagues during the 1989 baseball season, several card companies got to work making cards to acknowledge his amazing 3-time MVP-winning big league career.

This card, from the 1989 Fleer Update set, may look a bit ‘put together’ today, but back in 1989, this was a very savvy way to present multiple images on the same card.

Thank you Fleer.  And thank you, Mr. Schmidt!

1982 Topps – 1981 Major League RBI Leaders Featuring Eddie Murray & Mike Schmidt

1982 Topps – 1981 Major League RBI Leaders Featuring Eddie Murray & Mike Schmidt

Now this is a great way to start a Monday!!!

A baseball card featuring two of the greatest players from the 1980’s – two Hall of Famers in Mike Schmidt and Eddie Murray.

The card comes from the 1982 Topps set and it acknowledges the RBI Leaders in MLB from the 1981 baseball season.

Have a look:

SCHMIDT 3

Schmidt paced the NL with 91 RBI and Murray led the AL with 78.

Two great players – and two iconic styles!!!

Have a great day everyone.

Mike Schmidt 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’

Mike Schmidt 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Moonshots’

I think that you would be hard-pressed to find a collector that did not think that this card looks good.  From the 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen base set tagged as ‘Moonshots’, this card of Mike Schmidt looks fantastic!

Have a look:

SCHMIDT MOOHSHOTS

Based on the background of the card, it looks like Mr. Schmidt got ahold of a fastball that he deposited into the outfield seats at Wrigley Field.

I love the old Phillies’ uniform that Schmidt is sporting in this shot, and the Purple border color that the ‘Moonshots’ set features is a great match to the Burgundy striping of his uniform.

A great, great card!!!

Mike Schmidt 2009 Topps ‘Legends Of The Game’

Mike Schmidt 2009 Topps ‘Legends Of The Game’

It’s nice to see Schmidt’s defensive play getting some attention on a baseball card.

Usually, card that feature Mr. Schmidt either show him at the plate launching home runs or some kind of up-close portrait.

And while Schmidt may be best known as the best slugging third baseman in the sport’s history, he was a fantastic defender as well. 

It is nice to see that Topps celebrated his defensive skills with this card.

Have a look:

VINTAGE SCHMIDT LEGENDS