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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Smoltz and Kathryn have six kids (four from his 16-year marriage that ended in 2007 and two from her marriage).
So if you’re really interested in Johnny’s private life and his thoughts on divorce and marriage, you can read his book.
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.