The Quest

The Baltimore Orioles have been in town since '54 and have had over 900 men don their uniform. My goal is to obtain a signed card of each player. If you have something I need, or see something you want, don't be shy, we can make a deal.

Collection Statistics

Total Players 877/977 = 89.25%
1991 Orioles Crown Set
Total Players 309/465 = 66.45%
Alive Players 274/369 = 74.25

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sittin' In My Chair, On eBay

I hope you read the title thinking of Otis Redding and "Dock of the Bay", that was intended. But eBay has taken up a good amount of my time recently. I have been looking for autograph gems to add to my collection and have found out a few things.

Orioles are really collectible. There are a ton of graphs out there for the guys I need and none are being sold on the cheap. I haven't been able to procure as many as I would like cause the price tag is just too high.

Index cards are everywhere. Many of the deceased players I need have Index cards available with little else. These have been more in my price range than anything else and I have gobbled a few up.

There's a lot of work to do. I have nearly 250 players left on the list and nearly half of those are deceased. eBay will have to become a good friend of mine to knock some tough names off my need list.

The first guy I brought home has eluded me for a while and has absolutely no TTM successes. A Crown card will have to wait for now.

Mike Young 1984 Donruss #621

Young was the 11th overall draft pick in the 1980 secondary amateur draft by the Orioles as an outfielder. He made his debut in 1982, appearing only six games as a defensive substitution or pinch hitter. His first chance to start in the bigs came in 1984 when he finished 5th in the A.L. ROY voting. And then he got better in 1985. He found his power stroke, launching 28 Home runs and 81 RBI's as a full time member of the outfield. 1986 and 87 were down years for Young and he was traded during Spring Training to the Phillies for Rick Schu and Jeff Stone.

Mike spent the next season in Philly before being dealt to the Brewers. A stint with the Indians in 1989 was his last in the States, playing in Japan during the 1990 season. He's been unreachable since 2008 in any way, so I am holding on to my Crown card, waiting for him to reappear somewhere. Hopefully soon;.


  1. Mike was at an O's alumni signing last year and he signed a Crown card for me that I currently have for trade, let me know if you're interested.

  2. Kirk,
    Shoot me an email at salsmanado at gmail and we can get the ball rolling.