Deck's by the Decade - 1970's Part Two

1973 Topps was the last set to feature the rare "High Number" cards. One of the nicer features of the card is the players silhouette with their position below the silhouette. Most cards feature an "in action" pose of the player. This set was also the last active card for Willie Mays. What made 1973 Topps a collectors set, was the rookie seasons of three notable players

Mike Schmidt was drafted by the Phillies in the second round in 1971. This would be where he stayed for the next 19 years. After a trade to open up infield space in 1973, Schmidt solidified his spot in the Phillies lineup at third base. His first full season wasn't much to shake at, batting .196, but his power was notable with 18 home runs. After that season, Schmidt never dipped below that number playing a full season. Schmidt amassed 548 homers, while playing (10x) Gold Glove defense for his career. His other accomplishments include three MVP's, one World Series MVP, six Silver Sluggers, and 12 All Star appearances. His number was retired in 1990 by the Phillies and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1995. His rookie card features two other players, John Hilton and Ron Cey. This card as a PSA10 value of $23,500.