Off The Post: Akira Schmid Hockey Cards, New Jersey Devils – A fifth-round pick (136th overall) of the New Jersey Devils in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Akira Schmid had a solid amateur career in Switzerland in the SC Langnau Tigers system prior to his move to North America. When Schmid arrived in the United States, he played in the USHL for three years during the 2018-19 – 2020-21 seasons for the Omaha Lancers and Sioux City Musketeers.
After a very promising run in the USHL, Schmid signed a three-year entry level contract with the Devils and was assigned to the Utica Comets of the AHL for the 2021-22 season. Schmid played extremely well with the Comets and earned a call-up to the Devils in December 2021.
Schmid had some early struggles in the NHL and spent some time in the AHL this season. But, since he was recalled last month, Schmid has been on an impressive run that was highlighted by his Game 7 performance where the Devils shutout the New York Rangers 4-0 in the first round of the NHL Playoffs. Schmid was dominant and made 31 saves in the huge win.
It’s been quite a journey so far for the 22-year-old Schmid, who has gone from the AHL to NHL backup to NHL Playoffs hero. In this audio clip below, captured by our own Russ Cohen, Schmid talked about the huge Game 7 win against the Rangers, how he discovered he would start the game and what this all means to him…
Off The Post: Akira Schmid Hockey Cards, New Jersey Devils – Card Facts
Schmid’s official NHL rookie cards can be found in 2021-22 Upper Deck Extended Series and 2021-22 Upper Deck AHL products. At this time, Schmid only has cards in those products, but with the way he’s been playing that will change in a hurry.
Currently, Schmid’s 2021-22 Upper Deck Young Guns rookie card is extremely popular. A raw version of the card sells in the $30 – $40 range, while a top-graded version (PSA 10) sells in the $150 – $200 range. There are also more expensive versions of the Young Guns card including Young Guns High Gloss /10, Young Guns Exclusives /100, Young Guns Clear Cut and Young Guns French Variant.
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