Saturday, May 31, 2014

John Smoltz On The Dan Patrick Show

I'm a little late with this, but instead of a card post I decided to post about John Smoltz appearing on the Dan Patrick Show back on May 15th (both John and Dan's birthday). Below is a video of the show that I HIGHLY suggest you watch. It should appeal to any baseball fan, and is absolutely hilarious.

Video from the Dan Patrick Show on May 15, 2014

I enjoy watching the Dan Patrick Show when I can, especially when Smoltzy is on. Every now and then they have John on the show and it's always a lot of fun to watch. While on this show in particular, there's talk about doctoring baseballs, Michael Pineda caught with pine tar, Tommy John surgery, and Greg Maddux pranks.

One of my favorite parts was when John started pulling out random gifts to Dan and placed them on the table one by one:

Dan: "Is this just a clearance type thing, you're just cleaning out stuff?"

Smoltz: "No, this is special stuff, not everybody gets to get this."

And then Smoltz pulls out a Minnesota Twins fishing lure. It was just so random it made me laugh.

My favorite part, I'd have to say, would be when they talk about John's role in Trouble With The Curve:

Smoltz: "I went to the movie with my wife to check it out only to find out it didn't happen."

DP: "You didn't know you got cut?"

Smoltz: "No....didn't know. It was a rough moment...I was a pitching coach for the Atlanta was about a thirty-second role and I went to a movie at about 10:30 at night making sure nobody was there in case it got out of hand when they saw I was in there...but it never happened."

Once he delivered the line "but it never happened" I burst into laughter along with John. I had no idea he was going to be in the movie until I saw this interview. I still haven't seen Trouble With The Curve (I'm not sure I want to now), but it was such a priceless reaction from him as he told the story.

Just wanted to share this with you guys. Hope you get a few laughs!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Recent eBay Pickup: Part Two

While picking up the Smoltz rookie lot, I almost stumbled upon something I have been searching YEARS for. For the price, I had to have it. This autograph has eluded me for the longest time, and that ladies and gentleman, would be the autograph of the one and only Warren Spahn. Other than being the winningest lefty in MLB history with 363 wins, he played for the Braves (Boston and Milwaukee) for 20 seasons, with his last playing for both the Mets and Giants. What's also worth mentioning is that he missed three seasons due to military service (like other players had in the 1940's) at the start of his career. He didn't play again until he was 25 years old and the wins started piling up after that. Had he played those three years, there's a possibility he could have over 400 career wins. Though with 363 wins, being 5th on the all-time wins list isn't bad either. Now that you've endured my little history lesson, here is the card I picked up from eBay....

When I first saw this, I knew I had to have it. I got it for a good price (thankfully) and I'm very proud to say that I now own a Warren Spahn auto. I asked myself what the heck is he looking at? That question probably lured me into getting this, even though I'll never know the answer. I've seen pictures of other players from around this time so perhaps this was like the "default" pose, who knows. You can see a bit of his Braves uniform and they added the logo behind him, but what I like most is that his picture has color (instead of the black and white photos). Also, I'm not sure if you guys can tell from the picture or not, but it's an on-card autograph, so to think that he actually held this card is pretty cool. Now I can finally check this Braves great off my list!

Here's part one of my recent eBay pickups:

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Recent eBay Pickup: Part One

I already have a ton of these, but I couldn't resist picking up more (I'm sure you guys know that feeling). I got a pretty decent deal on these, so I figured why not? The 1989 Upper Deck card is by far my favorite John Smoltz rookie card. I'm not sure what it is with Smoltzy, but he just has that intimidating look.

I got 11 of them in a lot (the last picture is just a close-up), and they're in pretty good condition. I'm not sure how many of these I have (probably over 50, I'd guess) but it's always nice to get something of your favorite player, and for me, that would be John Smoltz.

Here's part two:

Friday, May 16, 2014

My First John Smoltz Autograph

I can still remember the day I won this on eBay, back in my senior year of high school. This is actually the first auto I've ever bought, so when I won it I was very excited. This card is from 2012 Topps Five Star and is #'d 138/208. Five Star is usually pretty good from what I've seen in the past. To make it even better, it's an on-card signature. The colors stand out very well; the red background and the blue sharpie really just work perfectly with the Braves uniform. The picture they used of John really makes this card stand out for me. It shows his competitive nature and in my opinion, is such an iconic pose. To say that this is the first autographed card I've ever gotten of him (or anyone for that matter) is truly a great feeling. This was the card that took my collecting to a whole new level, and I'm proud to say that I now have 8 autographs of him. I also have 6 jersey cards of him. To see all of the autographs and jersey cards spread out is quite mind-blowing, to say the least. One of these days I'll post a group photo of all my John Smoltz cards (including the rookies), so I'm really looking forward to that. I'll probably have to use a panoramic view! Actually, I'm pretty sure I'll have to.

Friday, May 9, 2014


For those of you who don't know, I'm a HUGE collector of John Smoltz. I have hundreds (maybe even a thousand to two-thousand) total cards of him. I have quite a bit of RC's, as well as (maybe 8?) autos of him that I've gotten within the past three years or so. Other than Smoltz, I collect Chipper Jones, Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons. My brother got a Freddie Freeman autographed rookie card for me a few years ago (I think he said he spent between $12-15 total on it, which compared to now is a pretty good deal). Last year I bought two Andrelton Simmons rookie autos in a lot for I believe around $30 (maybe a few dollars more for shipping), so roughly $15-$17 per card. As for another core Braves player, I've yet to get an auto of Jason Heyward. I've looked a little here and there but I haven't been as eager as I am for Freeman, Simmons, or even Smoltz for that matter.

Usually when I collect, I look for players that I know have proven themselves, or have been with the Braves for a considerable time. For example, Chipper Jones spent his whole career with the Braves - that makes it easy for me to want to collect him because he's actually had an impact on the team, and because he spent his whole career with them. I have 3 Chipper autographed cards. Two of them were easily $40+ each, while the other my brother got me. It's one of those booklets with a bat relic and an auto (it may have a piece of uniform too, I haven't looked in a while). The booklet is #'d to 5, I believe, and it's actually the only one I've seen; I've yet to see a similar one since I've gotten it.

Along with the auto's, I have plenty of rookie cards of these guys, with Smoltzy being the one I have the most of (I know, big surprise, right?). I've always been into baseball cards, but the hobby really took off in about 9th grade (somewhere around there). The first card I bought was a Smoltz auto and I remember that day very well. Before that, I usually just got rookies and other base cards just because they were much cheaper (I usually got them in lots).

I've recently gotten that urge to buy some more Smoltz cards, although I haven't seen any that I am interested in enough to spend the money on. We're looking at $25+ for an auto, at least (for a college guy that's a considerable amount to spend). Topps should be releasing some cards within the next few months, so I'll certainly keep an eye out for him. As for Freeman, I've been looking around a little bit and have seen a few cards that may be of interest. Moving on to Simmons, I've mostly seen the 2012 Bowman Chrome auto, but have seen a couple others as well - nothing that has really caught my eye yet. I don't think Topps had any auto's of him this year (unless they'll be released in another product later in the year?).

I'll be posting more about cards and my sports memorabilia that I have now, and that I will get in the future. All my exams are done so (hopefully) I'll have more time to post. Keep an eye out! I've got some sweet stuff to share with you guys.