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2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-14 – John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-14  – John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves

I really like the ‘Mound Dominance’ subset that Topps included in their 2012 base set.  The cards are sharp, the graphics are solid, and I am a sucker for cards that pay homage to a historic baseball event.

The ‘Mound Dominance’ set recalls 15 amazing pitching performances in major league history.

This is card#14 – John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves


The Dominant Day – October 17, 1991.  In Game 7 of the NLCS, John Smoltz pitched his best postseason game of his career.  He threw a complete game shutout while striking out 8 batters and allowing just 6 hits.  Smoltz threw 123 pitches in the contest and was the leader of the Braves as they advanced to the 1991 World Series.

Progress – 14/15

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – A Nice Stack Of John Smoltz & Tom Glavine Rookie Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – A Nice Stack Of John Smoltz & Tom Glavine Rookie Cards

Just like the Randy Johnson rookie cards that I showed off a few hours ago, these two studs fall into the same category – Guys that I cannot get enough of.  Especially when each cards costs just ten cents each.

In total, I scooped eight cards.  Here they are:

3 John Smoltz rookie cards:


5 Tom Glavine rookie cards:



John Smoltz 2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’

John Smoltz 2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’

I love the thought of a ‘Mound Dominance’ subset.  Topps did a great job with the execution of this subset of cards from their 2012 Series 2 release.

I just wish that the set featured a some other players and excluded a few that were included.

But there is no doubt that John Smoltz belongs in the set.  In 3,473 innings of work, Smoltz struck out 3,084 batters.  He has a career K per nine innings average of 8.0.  And his conrtol was sharp too, Smoltz allowed 1,010 walks during his career and has a K:Walk ratio of 3.05:1.0.

John Smoltz is very deserving to be included in this ‘Mound Dominance’ set!!!

Lot Of Two 1989 Upper Deck John Smoltz Rookie Cards!!!

Lot Of Two 1989 Upper Deck John Smoltz Rookie Cards!!!

There was no way that I was going to let these cards get past me without trying to win them…

I already own a decent sized stack of 1988 and 1989 John Smoltz rookie cards.  But none were of the Upper Deck brand.

And we all know how strong that 1989 Upper Deck issue was…

In the 33-card lot of John Smoltz rookie cards that I pulled at a baseball card show back in June, none of the cards were from Upper Deck.  I brought home Topps, Fleer, and Donruss – but no U.D.

So, I have kind of made it my mission to grab a few more Smoltz cards from 1989, and I have finally secured my first two.

And they bring back a lot of memories from 1989 when Upper Deck debuted and changed the baseball card world forever…


John Smoltz 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

John Smoltz 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

John Smoltz is one of my favorite pitchers of the modern-era.  A true ‘Team Guy’, Smoltz put his team goals before his personal goals and the Atlanta Braves benefitted greatly. 

Smoltz is also one of the more accomplished post-season performers of his generation.  Having made the playoffs in 14 of his 21 seasons in the big leagues, Smoltz amassed a win-loss record of 15-4 during that time.  He has an ERA of just 2.67 in 41 games and his strikeout to walk ratio of 2.97:1 is solid.

I picked up this card of Smoltz from the 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes set in a lot that I recently won.  The photo takes me right back to when Smoltz and his Braves teams were dominating the NL East.

Have a look:

Atlanta Braves Honor Former Pitcher John Smoltz, Retire His No. 29

Atlanta Braves Honor Former Pitcher John Smoltz, Retire His No. 29

By CHARLES ODUM | The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) John Smoltz exhaled heavily and shook his head minutes after his No. 29 was retired by the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

”I’m glad that’s over,” Smoltz said. ”That’s a doubleheader I just pitched.”

Smoltz said he wasn’t prepared for the emotions he felt when the Braves made his number the ninth to be retired by the franchise.

”Honestly, I thought I was going to lose it when I started talking about playing for the jersey,” Smoltz said. ”That’s something I hope more people can take pride in, wearing a jersey. For some people it’s just a jersey. For me it was my life.”

Former manager Bobby Cox called Smoltz ”the biggest of the big-game pitchers.” As general manager, Cox acquired Smoltz from the Detroit Tigers in 1987 for Doyle Alexander.

Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were the leaders of a terrific pitching staff that helped the Braves win 14 straight division titles from 1991-2005 and the 1995 World Series. Smoltz was the only player to be a part of each division championship.

”For 20 years John Smoltz brought so much excitement to old Fulton County Stadium and here at Turner Field,” Cox said. ”He’s given you fans everything he had, sometimes on guts alone.”

Smoltz was inducted into the Braves’ Hall of Fame earlier in the day. His number was retired before Friday night’s game against Toronto.

”He led the way, he set the tone, he fought the fight and he had the will of a winner,” said Braves president John Schuerholz, who predicted Smoltz, Maddux, Glavine and Cox are bound for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Smoltz’s credentials include a 213-155 record with 154 saves and a 3.33 ERA.

After the ceremony, Smoltz threw out the first pitch – a four-seam fastball – to catcher Brian McCann.

”As Maddux would say, it had hair on it,” Smoltz said.

Smoltz is the fourth Braves player to have his number retired in the last four years, following Cox (6) last season, Glavine (47) in 2010 and Maddux (31) in 2009. Maddux attended Friday night’s ceremony with two other players whose numbers are retired, Dale Murphy (3) and Phil Niekro (35).

Smoltz, an eight-time All-Star, won the National League Cy Young Award in 1996. He is the only pitcher in major league history with at least 200 wins and 150 saves.

He called the 20 years he spent with the Braves from 1988-2008 ”the greatest ride of my life, and I thank you.”

”There was no place I’d rather be than on that mound for 20 years,” he said.

The only other Braves players to have their numbers retired are Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41) and Warren Spahn (21). Chipper Jones is retiring after this season, and his No. 10 could be next in line.

Smoltz holds Atlanta records with 3,011 strikeouts, 154 saves and 708 games. He set Braves franchise records with 276 strikeouts in 1996 and 55 saves in 2002.

Smoltz pitched for Boston and St. Louis in 2009, his final season. He now works as a broadcaster for MLB Network and TBS.

The right-hander was at his best in the postseason, when he was 15-4 with a 2.67 ERA and four saves in 41 games. His 199 postseason strikeouts set a record. His 15 postseason wins rank second to Andy Pettitte’s 19.