Friday, May 12, 2017


The next “Future Star” card in my on-going thread for the 1978 set is all-time third baseman Mike Schmidt, who was putting together a Hall of Fame career with the Philadelphia Phillies:

The 3x National League MVP was tearing it up in the mid-70’s, topping the league in home runs three straight years between 1974 and 1976, with another five home run titles ahead of him in the 1980’s.
“Schmitty”  would top 30 home runs in 13 of his 14 full-time seasons during his career. Amazing when you consider the era he played in!
He would also drive in 100+ runs nine times while also getting named to 12 all-star teams before he retired in 1989.
What an awesome player!


  1. Dang, you're on a roll with the '78 Future Stars series. One of my all-time favorite players. Have a worn out '74 Topps around here somewhere that I kept in my back pocket all the time when I was a kid. :)

  2. Nice card. Schmitty was from Dayton and went to nearby Ohio University in Athens Ohio. I still don't know how the Reds did not draft him since he was right under their noses. They took a shortstop named Mike Mikey with the 24th pick of the first round of the 1971 Draft. Ken Brett's kid brother George was picked at No. 29 in the 2nd round while Mike Schmidt was taken by the Phillies with the 30th pick. Indecently, Mike Miley did not sign with the Reds.....

    Imagine the big Red Machine with either of those two at Third Base.



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