Learn All About the Mike Schmidt Rookie Cards

By: Marty Beets

Mike Schmidt is considered one of the best baseball players of the 1970s and 1980s.  He was a 14-time All-Star during his playing career and was elected into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1995

His rookie and early cards are some of the most valuable cards of the 1970s. Let's take a look at some of these vintage Mike Schmidt cards:

1973 Topps

Card #615

This is the most sought-after Mike Schmidt card. It is universally considered a rookie.

The 1973 Topps Rookie Third Basemen is his most valuable card. It also features MLB All-Star Ron Cey, but it's not Cey's rookie card. He was on a 1972 card.

1972 Winter League

This Puerto Rican winter league sticker is a rare and valuable Schmidt collectiable.  It is considered a pre-rookie.

Card #64

Mike Schmidt played in Puerto Rican winter league early in his career to hone his craft. This sticker from his first year in the winter league is a rare and valuable collectible.

1973 O-Pee-Chee

This is the Canadian version of his Topps rookie.  It is universally considered a rookie card.

Card #615

Aside from the title on the back of the card being in English and French, it is identical to the Topps version. However, it is rarer but less valuable than the Topps version.

1972 Phillies Postcard

This team-issued Mike Schmidt postcard is the first card of him as a Philly.  It is considered an oddball rookie card.

Although it's not a trading card, this was the first professional card of Mike Schmidt. It was intended to be mailed and has a blank back for a message and address.

Mike Schmidt rookies 

1972 Puerto Rican Winter League A pre-rookie

1973 Topps Universally conidered a rookie

1973 O-Pee-Chee Universally considered a rookie.

1972 Phillies Postcard An oddball rookie