A while back I posted one of the highlights of my Milt Schmidt collection, a recently acquired 1952-53 Parkhurst. At the end of that post I hinted that I'd picked up an even greater Schmidt card, and today I've finally gotten around to scanning and posting it. Check it out:
Aside from featuring a Hall-of-Famer and one of my favorite hockey personalities of all-time, this card demands a premium whenever you can find one due to the fact that it's the last card on the checklist. Those who collect vintage sets know how much rarer it is to find the first and last cards from any set in really good shape. To give you an idea, Milt's "bookend counterpart" in this set, card #1, is Dick Gamble of the Chicago Blackhawks. Never heard of him? You're not alone, he's not a household name, a Hall-of-Famer, or even a star really. Despite all that, I've never seen a Dick Gamble in the same grade as Milt here sell for less than $120, and I've seen them go north of $300 more than once!
So there you have it, my most prized Milt Schmidt card. Have you ever had a case like this one during your time as a collector where you saw a card so discounted you just had to go for it?
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