Mike Schmidt baseball cards hold a lot of hobby history within the confines of their (mostly) 2 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ walls.

Consider …

Mike Schmidt is the greatest third baseman of all-time and one of the greatest overall players in the history of Major League Baseball. For several years in the 1980s, Mike Schmidt baseball cards were among the hottest in the hobby, too, as Iron Mike racked up three MVP awards and more than 500 career home runs.

But it’s been more than 30 years now since Schmidt retired, and a lot has happened in that time.

Pete Rose was banned from baseball.

The game almost imploded due to the players’ strike in 1994 and 1995.

Home run records fell like Seattle rain during the so-called Steroid Era as bashers like Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and — ahemBrady Anderson rewrote the record books.

The hobby boomed and busted.

The hobby boomed again when the pandemic wrecked the rest of the world.

Along the way, Schmidt fell out of the public spotlight and mostly slid from collectors minds.

But Schmidt is still around, a living monument to better times in Phillies land … at least when times are rough, which seems to be plenty often.

And Schmidt’s cards are still around, too, testaments to the wonders of the hobby’s glory years.

What follows is a rundown of every regular-issue Mike Schmidt baseball card produced by the major card companies during a storied career.

So sit back and enjoy the pasteboard show of the guy that Bill James once said was not that far off from the conversation for “best player ever.”

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1973 Topps Mike Schmidt Rookie Card (#615)

1973 Topps Mike Schmidt Rookie Card

If you could own only one Mike Schmidt card, this would be the one to target.

Not only is it the rookie card of a top-tier Hall of Famer, but it’s also part of the 1973 Topps high series — the very last time Topps issued sets in parts before ushering in the modern era with an all-at-once 1974 series.

The Schmidt rookie card is no aesthetic masterpiece, and it relegates Mike to the last third of the real estate, but he does share rookie honors with John Hilton. Ron Cey is there, too, though technically his rookie card comes in the 1972 set.

No matter its shortcomings the 1973 Topps Mike Schmidt rookie card is a must-have for any serious vintage collector, and it carries a price tag befitting its status as a hobby legend (values for copies in PSA 7 condition).

Value: $400-475 (PSA 7)

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1974 Topps Mike Schmidt (#283)

1974 Topps Mike Schmidt

There was a time in the late 1980s and early 1990s when “second-year cards” were all the rage, and they owed their fling with the spotlight largely to Schmidt and other players of his ilk.

It made some sense.

After all, this 1974 Topps pasteboard was the first to picture Schmidt all by himself, and it is still a very early card of a Hall of Famer.

This card in raw condition generally won’t sell for anywhere near the $100 or so it brought at its peak, but copies in really nice graded condition still carry a heavy price tag today.

Value: $140-160 (PSA 8)

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1975 Topps Mike Schmidt (#70)

1975 Topps Mike Schmidt

By the time this 1975 Topps card was issued, Schmidt had led the league in home runs for the first time, with 36 in 1974. He was a legitimate power hitter with a bright future ahead of him, so it would have been great to see his big swing on this card.

Instead, collectors got an awkward head shot that didn’t tell them much about the quiet man with the monster bat.

But these 1975 cards were mostly about the design, and few things make a veteran collector’s tummy flutter like a stack of these Chiclet-colored beauties. And if that stack has a legend — like Mike Schmidt — nestled inside?

All the better.

Value: $140-150 (PSA 8)

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1976 Topps Mike Schmidt (#480)

1976 Topps Mike Schmidt

At first glance, this photo seems even worse than the 1975 Topps version — Mike Schmidt bunting?

On closer examination, I prefer to think that Schmitty has just slammed a bomb and is preparing to discard his bat and round the bases.

This was one of the first pre-1981 cards that I added to my own collection, so it holds a special place in my collector’s heart.

Value: $65-80 (PSA 8)

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1977 Topps Mike Schmidt (#140)

1977 Topps Mike Schmidt

Compared to the sets around it, 1977 Topps featured a pretty crisp card design, and this spring shot of Iron Mike adds to the fresh feel.

Solid card of a legend still ramping up against a perfect blue-and-fluffy-white-cloud sky and Shea Stadium gearing up for a division matchup in the background.

Value: $40-60 (PSA 8)

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1978 Topps Mike Schmidt (#360)

1978 Topps Mike Schmidt

The 1978 Topps set features a minimalist design that is somewhat reminiscent of the classic 1957 Topps set.

Too bad Topps chose to use all that photo real estate for a fairly boring head shot here on the sixth-year Schmidt card.

Even with no “action” and an indecisive looking Schmitty, though, this is a solid offering of a soon-to-be legend.

Value: $20-25 (PSA 8)

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1979 Topps Mike Schmidt (#610)

1979 Topps Mike Schmidt

Was Schmidt ever happy on a baseball card early in his career?

He doesn’t look too thrilled here on his 1979 Topps cards, for sure, but the color scheme works well and the overall design is clean. And, maybe that serious face is because Schmidt is in his “office” – the batting cage.

Value: $25-30 (PSA 8)

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1980 Topps Mike Schmidt (#270)

1980 Topps Mike Schmidt

Schmidt’s Topps offering got a little snazzier just in time for his first MVP campaign.

He was already 30 years old by the time this card came out, but his superb conditioning and key role on the contending Phils would keep him in his prime for several more years.

This batting-practice pose shows Schmidt’s intensity even in game prep and is nicely framed by the banner-laden 1980 Topps design and the “N.L. ALL-STAR” designation.

Value: $15-25 (PSA 8)

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1981 Donruss Mike Schmidt (#11)

1981 Donruss Mike Schmidt

Schmidt didn’t break into a smile for his first non-Topps cards, either, but collectors were happy to see both Donruss and Fleer join The Old Gum Company on store shelves in 1981.

Donruss card stock was thin as tissue paper, but this is a decent looking glamor shot of Iron Mike.

Value: $15-30 (PSA 9)

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1981 Fleer Mike Schmidt (#5)

1981 Fleer Mike Schmidt

The overall quality of the 1981 Fleer set was a smidge better than its Donruss counterpart, but it looks like they used the same photographer, on the same day.

Same warm-up suit.

Same hair.

(Of course, Fleer also produced another version of #5, with Schmidt at bat – value is about the same, though the portrait version appears to me a bit more scarce. )

Value: $15-30 (PSA 9)

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1981 Topps Mike Schmidt (#540)

1981 Topps Mike Schmidt

This is the first Schmidt card I remember pulling from a pack, and it still stokes the collector’s fire in me every time I see it.

One of the few cards to feature Mike live in the field, this 1981 Topps beauty makes you believe he could stop a train with his glove and grit.

Value: $40-50 (PSA 9)

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1982 Donruss Mike Schmidt (#294)

1982 Donruss Mike Schmidt

The 1982 Donruss set featured crisper photos and thicker card stock than the 1981 set, but Schmidt looks about the same.

Same warm-up suit.

Same hair.

Same scowl.

Value: $15-35 (PSA 9)

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1982 Fleer Mike Schmidt (#258)

1982 Fleer Mike Schmidt

Is that a smile on Mike Schmidt’s 1982 Fleer card?

He must have just won an award or something.

Value: $10-15 (PSA 9)

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1982 Topps Mike Schmidt (#100)

1982 Topps Mike Schmidt

While not quite as toothy as his Fleer offering, the 1982 Topps Schmidt card came about as close to showing a smile as any Topps Schmitty pasteboard before it.

Ah, the joys of being in your prime, huh?

Value: $35-55 (PSA 9)

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1983 Donruss Mike Schmidt (#168)

1983 Donruss Mike Schmidt

Strong follow-through from Mike on his 1983 Donruss card, with a design nearly identical to the 1982 set.

Value: $10-15 (PSA 9)

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1983 Fleer Mike Schmidt (#173)

1983 Fleer Mike Schmidt

Schmidt must have really mellowed as the 1980s wore on because you can almost see an upturned corner of the mouth as he talks to an unidentified Montreal Expo on this 1983 Fleer card.

Who is that masked man?

Looks like either Tim Raines or Al Oliver, both of whom were on the 1982 NL All-Star roster. Could have also been Andre Dawson … those 1980s Expos teams were loaded!

Value: $15-20 (PSA 9)

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1983 Topps Mike Schmidt (#300)

1983 Topps Mike Schmidt

Schmidt looks off-balance on his 1983 Topps card, but the power in his follow-through and the stunning card design make this one a winner all the way around.

Value: $30-35 (PSA 9)

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1984 Donruss Mike Schmidt (#183)

1984 Donruss Mike Schmidt

The 1984 Donruss set established a new standard for card design and (perceived) scarcity.

It’s a classic issue that never goes out of style, and Donruss even managed to get Schmidt in a fielding shot.

Good on you, pre-Panini.

Value: $10-15 (PSA 9)

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1984 Fleer Mike Schmidt (#48)

1984 Fleer Mike Schmidt

Maybe it’s because the company was based in his adopted hometown of Philadelphia, but Schmidt seemed to love Fleer’s camera.

How else to explain all the smiles and near-smiles, as on this solid 1984 Fleer offering?

Value: $10-15 (PSA 9)

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1984 Topps Mike Schmidt (#700)

1984 Topps Mike Schmidt

This is the first card I ever paid a premium for while I could still (or soon) pull it from a pack.

This beauty cost me 40 cents in March of 1984, purchased from a favorite dealer who used to set up at a local (Indianapolis) flea market.

Not a perfect card by any means, but not bad either.

And priceless in terms of nostalgia.

Value: $25-40 (PSA 9)

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1985 Donruss Mike Schmidt (#61)

1985 Donruss Mike Schmidt

Donruss got in on the Smiling Schmidt craze with its 1985 offering.

Pretty sure Mike could have swung all three of those bats at once and slammed a dinger with each one.

Value: $15-20 (PSA 9)

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1985 Fleer Mike Schmidt (#265)

1985 Fleer Mike Schmidt

This 1985 Fleer card broke the string of Schmidt head shots, but the sacrifice was worth it.

Just look at those colors and that awesome home run follow-through!

Value: $15-20 (PSA 9)

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1985 Topps Mike Schmidt (#500)

1985 Topps Mike Schmidt

You may not realize it, but Schmidt could run pretty well throughout a large chunk of his career.

Even by 1984, when this photo for his 1985 Topps card was snapped, he still had some wheels — though they weren’t as good as he thought.

That season, he stole five bases … and was thrown out seven times.

Value: $20-25 (PSA 9)

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1986 Donruss Mike Schmidt (#61)

1986 Donruss Mike Schmidt

Iron Mike is channeling Ted Kluszewski on this 1986 Donruss card.

Welcome to the gun show!

Value: $10-15 (PSA 9)

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1986 Fleer Mike Schmidt (#450)

1986 Fleer Mike Schmidt

After several years of smiles and one at-bat action shot, Fleer treated collectors with this unusual pre-game shot of Schmidt in 1986.

Should there be air quotes around “treated”?

Value: $10-15 (PSA 9)

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1986 Sportflics Mike Schmidt (#44)

1986 Sportflics Mike Schmidt

Sportflics had impenetrable Mylar packs (take that, “innovator” Upper Deck)!

Sportflics had Magic Motion!

Sportflics had 3-D!

Sportflics had clean card backs!

Sportflics had thick card stock!

Sportflics had indecipherable images.

Value: $5-10 (PSA 9)

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1986 Topps Mike Schmidt (#200)

1986 Topps Mike Schmidt

Ho hum. Another vicious follow-through on another Topps card during another MVP season for Big Mike Schmidt.

Value: $20-25 (PSA 9)

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1987 Donruss Mike Schmidt (#139)

1987 Donruss Mike Schmidt

Mike Schmidt was 37 years old when this 1987 Donruss card was issued and, though he’d just come off an MVP campaign, his face was showing his age.

Iron Mike would get lost in the shuffle of young sluggers in 1987 and would finish 14th in MVP voting even though he had a better year than many of those ahead of him.

Value: $10-15 (PSA 9)

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1987 Fleer Mike Schmidt (#187)

1987 Fleer Mike Schmidt

Schmitty in a sunny ballpark watching the flight of a home run (?) ball.

Pretty heady stuff.

Value: $10-15 (PSA 9)

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1987 Sportflics Mike Schmidt (#30)

1987 Sportflics Mike Schmidt

The 1987 Sportflics set featured all of the same goodies as the 1986 inaugural set, but they added a color photo to card backs.

Doesn’t sound like much now, maybe, but it was awesome at the time.

Value: $5-10 (PSA 9)

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1987 Topps Mike Schmidt (#430)

1987 Topps Mike Schmidt

The 1987 Topps set is a love-it-or-hate-it type of proposition.

Personally, I love it … one of my favorite sets of all-time.

Here, Schmidt looks on, apparently trying to decide how far he should hit the next pitch.

Value: $15-25 (PSA 9)

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1988 Donruss Mike Schmidt (#330)

1988 Donruss Mike Schmidt

Did a ball just fly through the zone so fast that Mike Schmidt can’t figure out what happened?

Is he watching a bug crawl across the infield grass toward him?

Or is this a Starting Lineup Schmidt figurine?

Those are the mysteries of the 1988 Donruss Mike Schmidt card.

Value: $25-35 (PSA 10)

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1988 Fleer Mike Schmidt (#315)

1988 Fleer Mike Schmidt

I always thought of 1988 Fleer as the Little Debbie set because the design reminds me of an icing-laden snack cake.

Photos are crowded out by busy border elements, but this image of Schmidt is a pretty solid action shot nonetheless.

And looks like he generated a pretty good breeze with that swing-and-miss.

Value: $25-35 (PSA 10)

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1988 Score Mike Schmidt (#16)

1988 Score Mike Schmidt

The 1988 Score set pushed the limits for baseball card technology at the time and had collectors excited by its quality white card stock, solid photography, and comprehensive card backs — complete with another (fairly large) color photo.

The Schmidt card features the HOFer on his toes at third base, ready for whatever might come his way.

Value: $80-90 (PSA 10)

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1988 Sportflics Mike Schmidt (#35)

1988 Sportflics Mike Schmidt

Sportflics was back in 1988 with a heavier card design and an even larger photo on the reverse.

I still have no idea what Schmitty is up to on the card front, though.

Value: $20-25 (PSA 10)

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1988 Topps Mike Schmidt (#600)

1988 Topps Mike Schmidt

Schmidt’s warming up for his second-to-last season on this card, and Topps celebrated by capturing him still in his pajamas, and with his hair on backwards.

Mornings can be rough.

Value: $50-60 (PSA 10)

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1989 Bowman Mike Schmidt (#402)

1989 Bowman Mike Schmidt

The 1989 Bowman set was widely panned by collectors, mainly because the cards were too big to fit in with all our other little rectangles.

We also didn’t really ask for a revival of the dead brand, and many saw it as a money grab by Topps. That was true, of course, but it was still pretty cool to get a shot of reinvigorated hobby history if you were a fan of such nostalgia (guilty as charged).

And, boy, does this Schmidt card look great, with an almost-end-of-the-road Michael Jack watching the flight of some poor baseball he just demolished, his seldom-seen burgundy Phillies jersey fairly glistening in the eternal sunshine of the diamond.

Value: $20-25 (PSA 10)

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1989 Donruss Mike Schmidt (#193)

1989 Donruss Mike Schmidt

Schmidt’s last regular Donruss card treats collectors to one final classy follow-through.

Value: $30-35 (PSA 10)

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1989 Fleer Mike Schmidt (#582)

1989 Fleer Mike Schmidt

Schmidt checks his swing and his career aspirations on this 1989 Fleer card.

Value: $30-35 (PSA 10)

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1989 Score Mike Schmidt (#149)

1989 Score Mike Schmidt

Of all the regular-issue cards of Mike Schmidt over his storied career, it took until 1989 for a card company to capture him in the midst of his powerful swing.

Thanks, 1989 Score!

Value: $15-25 (PSA 10)

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1989 Sportflics Mike Schmidt (#21)

1989 Sportflics Mike Schmidt

By this point, Sportflics was all about the back-of-card photo.

Value: $5-10 (PSA 10)

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1989 Topps Mike Schmidt (#100)

1989 Topps Mike Schmidt

Mike Schmidt, running for first one last time on his 1989 Topps card.

Value: $40-55 (PSA 10)

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1989 Upper Deck Mike Schmidt (#406)

1989 Upper Deck Mike Schmidt

Upper Deck changed almost everything about the hobby in 1989, and they were lucky enough to get in one Schmidt card before the legend hung up his spikes.

I would have been OK if they switched the front and back photos, but it’s a great piece of hobby history no matter how you flip it.

Value: $75-85 (PSA 10)

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1990 Donruss Mike Schmidt (#643)

1990 Donruss Mike Schmidt

I’m breaking my own rules by including this 1990 Donruss card here because it’s a tribute card, not really a regular-issue pasteboard.

But back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, companies just didn’t issue cards of non-active players, no matter how great.

Granting Schmidt this capstone offering that shows his entire career stats roll gets Donruss an extra feather in its cap.

Value: $20-30 (PSA 10)

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1990 Upper Deck Mike Schmidt (#20)

1990 Upper Deck Mike Schmidt

Like the Donruss card above, this 1990 Upper Deck issue breaks my rules.

But Schmidt’s retirement deserved cardboard commemoration, and this artistic number does the trick.

Value: $45-55 (PSA 10)

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