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

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Freestyle Graphing

After I finished my 11:20am autograph session at 11:25am, I had more than two hours to kill before my next paid session. I evacuated the autograph area and met up with Mark to exchange some helping autograph items. I was getting an Adam Jones Magazine and he was snagging a Matt Antonelli card for me.

I didn't need any free bobbleheads of Brian Matusz, foam fingers or tee shirts on the third level. I went back to the main floor to try my luck with hounding a few players entering and exiting the main stage.

Many of the players declined as expected, but four relented.

Brady Anderson 1989 Fleer #606

Anderson was mobbed as he left the green room and actually stopped. There were a dozen people when he grabbed the first pen, signed at least 30, and declined another dozen. Side note: Brady looks no older today as on this cards from 20+ years ago. No wonder the ladies still swoon over him.

Zach Phillips 2008 Bowman Prospects #BP-23

Phillips' handler did a good job of deflecting would be autograph seekers but my persistence paid off, halfway across convention center. A well placed, "Please? Just one more?" worked.

Zach made his debut at the end of last season and was lights out. Hopefully he can maintain for an entire season. That would be a special 2012 campaign.

Joe Mahoney 2008 Bowman Prospects #BP-74

Mahoney declined a few autograph seekers as he was walking to the green room. Apparently it was too crowded for the 6'7" first baseman of the future. As he waited his turn to be barraged with interviewers I politely asked for a signature. He willingly took my card and signed. I don't think anyone noticed as he wasn't berated with requests. This will probably be the year Joe cracks the major league roster and I will be waiting to add his name, then cross it right off. Either this card, or an identical twin are up for grabs.

Matt Antonelli 2009 Bowman #191

Antonelli was a difficult guy to pick out. First, cause I've never seen him before. Second, he's a quick little guy. He was darting in and out of people. Bobbing and weaving. I'm not as nimble as he, but I took the right angle of pursuit. This card is actually available for trade. You will see why later on.


  1. I'm terrible at recognizing most of the players in person (except for Brady, I recognized him right away). Brady passed by me and I gave him a 'Hows it going Brady?' to which got no reply, but I figured I'd give it a shot.

  2. Agreed, Brady still looks like he's in great shape and maybe he should be the DH this year! Also, I noticed that Zach Phillips isn't as twitchy as he is on the mound. Watching that guy pitch was like watching jumping beans.

  3. Congratulations... Brady's autograph is pretty awesome!