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John Smoltz Cards and Rookie Card Checklist

John Smoltz

Date of Birth: 5/15/1967
Rookie Card Year: 1988
Investment Rating: 7.0


Whether as a starter or a closer, John Smoltz was one of baseball's best pitchers in the 1990s and the early part of the new millennium. Spending nearly all of his career with the Atlanta Braves, he was a part of one of the most imposing starting rotations in baseball history alongside Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. And yet, he somehow managed to avoid much of the hobby spotlight. John Smoltz cards are still, for the most part, very affordable, a notch behind Maddux and Glavine as well as some of his peers from the era like Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez.

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With the first John Smoltz cards coming at a time when print runs were highest, his rookies and other early issues are, for the most part, very cheap. And that's not going to change any time soon. For those looking for something a little rarer and more collectible, look to premium and regional issues from the time like Topps Tiffany sets or minor league cards.

Following his retirement, there has been an influx in autographed John Smoltz cards. Although some carry lofty values, others can be found for relatively reasonable amounts less than comparable cards of his teammates, Maddux and Glavine.

Smoltz's election to the Hall of Fame secures his spot in the hobby for the foreseeable future. Not only does his place in Cooperstown cap a stellar career, but it expands the market for his memorabilia, especially autographs.

John Smoltz Rookie Cards and Early Minor League Cards

1986 ProCards Lakeland Tigers John Smoltz

The 1986 ProCards Lakeland Tigers John Smoltz is recognized as his first professional baseball card. Although not exceedingly rare, it's harder to find that virtually all of his early MLB cards. Minor league cards still carry a niche appeal, but values are solid, especially when you could trade one of his MLB rookies for a cup of Starbucks.

1986 ProCards Lakeland Tigers John Smoltz

1987 ProCards Glens Falls Tigers John Smoltz #372

Smoltz's second minor league card might not have quite the same prestige as the 1986 issue, but it's still appealing in the sense that a ton aren't readily available.

1987 ProCards Glen Falls Tigers John Smoltz

1988 Fleer Update John Smoltz RC #U-74

The first card of John Smoltz in a MLB uniform can be found in the 1988 Fleer Update box set. Supply is plentiful so there's no shortage of supply. This has also kept prices low. It's great in the regard that anyone can buy one, but if you're looking for an investment, it's not going to amount to much.

There's also the 1988 Fleer Glossy John Smoltz, which looks identical but with a more slick look to it thanks to the glossy coating.

1988 Fleer Update John Smoltz

It is worth noting that many consider Smoltz's 1989 cards to be rookie cards as well given that 1988 Fleer Update was a box set. If that's your preference, options include cards from Bowman, Donruss, Fleer, Score, Topps and Upper Deck.

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JOHN SMOLTZ 2017 TOPPS ARCHIVES ENCASED ON CARD AUTOGRAPH BRAVES AUTO SP 1 1
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2003 Fleer Original Atlanta Braves John Smoltz Splendid Splinter PSA GEM MT 10
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2005 BOWMAN CHROME - BLUE REFRACTOR - JOHN SMOLTZ 150
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2008 SP LEGENDARY CUTS GENERATIONS JSY #GEN-SL JOHN SMOLTZ TIM LINCECUM
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John Smoltz Topps Five Star Golden Graphs x 50 on card auto 2015 autograph
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1998 FLAIR SHOWCASE JOHN SMOLTZ ROW 0 LEGACY THE ONLY 1 1 MASTERPIECE BRAVES #61
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2017 Topps Triple Threads Onyx #100 John Smoltz # #29 50 Jersey Number!!!!!
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John Smoltz 1988 Fleer Update Glossy #U-74 RC Rookie PSA 8 NM-MT Braves HOF bvg
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John Smoltz 2004 UD Team USA Baseball 25th Anniversary Signature Auto Card 360
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JOHN SMOLTZ 215 TOPPS GYPSY QUEEN BLACK MINI PARALLEL EDITION #D 5 5 *BRAVES*
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1990 Bowman #10 John SMOLTZ - PSA 9+++ low pop
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1992 Stadium Club Skydome #178 John SMOLTZ - PSA 10+++ RARE
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JOHN SMOLTZ 2017 Topps Update Series HEROES OF AUTUMN RED Parallel 190 250
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2016 Donruss Cyan Test Proof John Smoltz 13 49
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2016 Topps Bunt 4 Card Lot Platinum Joe Morgan, John Smoltz, Chris Sale,
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Lot of (14) 1989 Topps John Smoltz #382 Rookies (12) PSA 9 (1) PSA 8 (1) PSA10
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.

His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.


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