Category: “John Smoltz”

Smoltz Collection: 2007 Upper Deck Game Materials #UD-JS

Thanks to Derek of Tomahawk Chopping for this AWESOME Smoltzie relic. My Smoltz collection is way behind my Glavine and Maddux collections. I’ll have to put some time into it next year. It shouldn’t be difficult since I don’t see myself buying much new Topps at all next year. 

Smoltz Collection: 2006 Upper Deck Game Materials Relic

I’ve probably added more Smoltz cards to my collection from Thorzul’s group breaks than through any other method. This is a dull card, but you know what, I want every Smoltz card I don’t already have, and I don’t already have this one. Thanks Thorzul!

Smoltz Collection: 1995 Finest #313

This card is going to sit in my Smoltz binder. It may never be touched by human hands again. Why have I left the protective film on the card?
I love that they’ve highlighted Smoltz’s 10-1 record down the stretch in 1991. He was truly amazing during the pennant race. In one of those stories that people seem to forget, Smoltz needed the help of a shrink to get over an awful first half and dominate the second. The shrink even had a seat behind home plate on days when Smoltzie would pitch. I’m not poking fun. It worked. What do you think, does the shrink get the credit he deserves for the role he played in Smoltz’s career? (Yes, I am too damn lazy to look up the shrink’s name.)

Smoltz Collection: 1989 Upper Deck #17

And here’s the post where I commit card collecting blasphemy. (First, thanks to Derek for the card!) Allow me to acknowledge that 1989 Upper Deck is every bit the game changing set that it is hyped as being. No doubt.

I just find it overrated. The photography is awesome of course and the card stock was excellent. The hologram was probably a necessary addition to the back. So why do I find the set overrated? Easy. I cannot stand the base line up the side of the card.

I won’t even go into the reasons why this set was the beginning of the end for me as a collector. Well, at least until I discovered 2005 Topps Total and jumped back into hobby.