Category: “Relic Collection”

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. 

Relic Collection: Dale Murphy

Now, there’s the Braves classic (or rather classically bad) powder blue uniform. I never did care for them, but when I think back to the great Murph and Bob Horner and Knucksie, that’s the uniform I picture them in. 

Relic Collection: Brian McCann (x4)

Not much to say here. These McCann relics were picked up from a Thorzul group break. Despite his disappointing 2012, probably due to a shoulder injury, McCann remains a personal favorite.

Sadly, I don’t see a future for him in Atlanta beyond next season. I expect the Braves to pick up his option year for the 2013 season, but I don’t see them signing him long term after that. There are already questions about how well his body is holding up to the rigors of catching everyday in MLB.

I think he’d be more valuable in the AL where he can split catching and DH duties. It makes me sad to think of Mac in another uniform, but I think it’s probably best for him and the Braves long term, especially is Christian Bethancourt is ready.

Relic Collection: Dale Murphy

Upper Deck claims that the piece of wood embedded in this card is from a legit Dale Murphy game used bat. Whether that is true or not, there’s one aspect of this card I like. Most bat relics are just a boring piece of useless wood. The branded Atlanta logo is nice.

(I had to edit the above to correct a really stupid grammatical error. In my defense, I was educated in Columbus, Georgia.)

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!

Relic Collection: Dale Murphy

I don’t own nearly enough Dale Murphy cards. Down the road, that’s something I’ll need to address. The Braves announcing is largely abysmal now. Chip Caray is simply awful and Joe Simpson seems to want to step into the late Skip Caray’s shoes and play the role of the crank, but he just comes off like a blithering idiot. When Murph is in the booth, or Glavine for that matter, they are both on their best behavior and seem to want to be a little bit better.

Murphy was pretty much the only reason to watch Braves baseball in the late 80s, and he’s making it more enjoyable now.