It would be an understatement to say I don't see eye to eye with a lot of people on the interwebs about the design of baseball cards. I think from 1983 though 1990 Topps was on a hell of a roll. Sure, the cards from 86 on are just one step above worthless, but I liked all the designs. The 1990 is nice. If every card in the set had the same border (see Donruss 1990) it would be tiresome and a mess. Fortunately, Topps didn't fall into that trap.
If you're reading the stats there on the monthly scoreboard, you'll notice that Smoltz didn't see much action that September. It was the first of his elbow injuries. (There's no truth at all to the rumor that he faked the injury because the 1989 team was so bad.)