1972 Puerto Rican League Sticker
I am not a Mike Schmidt "
", but as owner of more than 200 cards of the Phillies Hall of Fame third baseman, I thought I had seen most of what is out there. Man, was I wrong.
One of my frequent ebay searches is for Schmidt cards. While browsing last weekend I came across
: 1972 Puerto Rican Mike Schmidt Sticker. I knew the Phillies sent him to the Puerto Rican League to work on his skills following - but, had never seen, or heard of this "pre-rookie" issue. The lot ended up with a $1,100 final bid!
The set contains 231, 2 1/4"x3" stickers, including some for other Hall of Famers: Tony Perez, Orlando Cepedo, Satchel Paige and Frank Robinson. As for Schmidt, only 48 of these stickers appear on the
- with only four scoring a better rating than the recent ebay listing's '8'! Typical issues with the stickers in this set are predictably: worn corners, missing back paper or rips/tears.
Based on a few online auction prices I was able to find, the final price of $1,100 is about right for the grading. An
featured one of the PSA '9' graded stickers, which sold for a final bid of $1,366. And, last year,
off the only PSA '10' graded one for a whopping $12,936. Needless to say, this one (at a much cheaper price) will be on my radar from here out!