Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
Mike Schmidt spent his entire 18-year Hall of Fame career with the Philadelphia Phillies, earning three National League MVP awards and leading the team to its first World Series title in 1980. His '73 Topps card, shared with fellow rookies Ron Cey and Dave Hilton, is one of the top cards from the 1970s, and is a must-have for any Cooperstown collection. Many hobbyists, however, are not aware that Schmidt did have a card that preceded his Topps rookie: the extremely rare 1972 Puerto Rican League sticker.
This pre-rookie, if you will, is the legendary third baseman's earliest card, and it is very difficult to find in top condition, especially considering that the vast majority of these were undoubtedly used as intended—as stickers. Printed in Spain and distributed in Puerto Rico, these fragile rarities had to avoid kids sticking them in lockers in the 70s, moms cleaning out bedrooms in the 80s and 90s, and shipping to the continental US in the 2000s in order to land in the hands of hobbyists. The offered Schmidt, graded EX-MT 6 by PSA, is one of only 12 in this grade, with just 30 scoring higher. We will venture to bet there are more than 30 Hall of Fame rookie card collectors out there who are looking to add this high-end jewel to their PSA Set Registry. Whether you are buying your first Schmidt pre-rookie card or are looking to upgrade a lower-end Schmidt, these do not come up for auction often, so do not miss out on your opportunity to own this stunning sticker card.
Extremely Rare 1972 Puerto Rican League Stickers #64 Mike Schmidt Pre RC Rookie Card PSA 6 EX-MT
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