Posted by Andy on September 29, 2010
For a few years, Topps put out a series of All-Time Fan Favorite cards that featured classic player photos on classic Topps designs. Collector reaction was quite mixed. I myself absolutely love the cards because they invoke all the iconic Topps designs of the past in new cards. A good amount of effort went into designing each card and using a photo from the appropriate time period. These are high-quality cards in terms of the cardstock and printing, so they lack the look and feel of the classic cards, as compared to the Heritage series they've had, which intentionally used lower-quality printing and card stock so that the cards more closely resembled the classic examples.
This 2004 card uses the 1974 Topps set, in which Schmidt had his first solo card.
That classic photo of Schmidt is pretty cool. In the background we can see a billboard for the Pinellas County Title Company. Phillies fans will probably know that Clearwater, the longtime spring training home of the Phillies, is in Pinellas County in Florida.
The backs of the All-Time Fan Favorites cards were similarly styled after the classic card backs, except that they showed the player's career stats with the team. For a player who had more than one stint with a team these cards show the stats from the various stints with that team.