Rookie Card Year: 1973
Investment Rating: 7.0
Mike Schmidt cards and autographed memorabilia have always been popular. Superstars from the era preceding baseball's widespread PED use are seeing renewed interest from baseball purists and collectors. Schmidt played at a time when the 500 Home Run Club was a truly elite group.
Mike Schmidt rookie cards can be found in two products, 1973 Topps Baseball and 1973 O-Pee-Chee Baseball. Of the two, the Topps card is more popular but its Canadian counterpart is much rarer. Schmidt also has a 1973 team-issued Phillies card. In addition, Mike Schmidt is also part of the little-known 1972 Topps Puerto Rican Sticker Collection.
Demand for Mike Schmidt's autographed memorabilia remains high. Values have increased through the years as he does not participate in an over abundance of autograph signings. Given the fact that Mike Schmidt is an early member of the 500 Home Run Club, his autographed memorabilia, particularly signed bats and baseballs have true collector appeal.
Mike Schmidt Rookie Cards
Mike Schmidt shares his rookie card with two other freshman third basemen including another stand out player and fan favorite, Ron Cey. High-grade samples professionally graded 9 sell in the $1,200 range, while the rare 10 can command much more.
The big difference between Schmidt's O-Pee-Chee rookie and his Topps card is the bilingual text found on the Canadian card. It's also tougher to find and carries more niche appeal.
Key Mike Schmidt Modern Cards
Mike Schmidt's first autograph card was part of this minor league release. It depicts a young Schmidt from his days with the minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies in Reading, PA. The cards are hand numbered to 2,100.
One of Mike Schmidt's first memorabilia cards was part of the historic A Piece of History set. It is an evergreen insert set that was included in numerous products to commemorate players of the 500 Home Run Club. The card is not serial numbered but a stated print run of 350 total cards has been confirmed.
The autographed version of the above card is limited to just 20 serial numbered copies.
Upper Deck would also produce Mike Schmidt's first jersey memorabilia card as part of their popular 1999 Upper Deck Century Legends product. The card is not serial numbered and the print run is unknown.
Mike Schmidt Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Mike Schmidt's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, Mounted Memories and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Mike Schmidt Cut Signature Exemplar
Mike Schmidt Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Mike Schmidt signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. As an active member of the autograph circuit, Musial autographs are plentiful. However due to the length of time he spent signing, his signature deteriorated over time. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- A rapid, flowing signature, unique and identifiable.
- The letter "M" starts with a small curl before a short down and up stroke, the pen creates a angular hump as it flows into the "i-k-e" which are hard to decipher.
- The "S" in the middle looks like a number "8."
- The remaining letters are not very legible.
- The letter "d" looks like a combine cursive "e" and an vertical line.
- The letter "t" resembles a cursive "l" and is crossed with a curved swoop that comes up and back to the left.
Mike Schmidt Signed Baseball Pricing
Mike Schmidt Signed Bat Pricing
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Mike Schmidt Signed Photograph Pricing
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