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

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Come Rain. Come Snow. Come.....Wayne Krenchicki

The East Coast is getting crushed by a blizzard, with Baltimore being no exception. When I left for work at 7am there was six inches of snow on the ground and at last count 16 inches and counting. In between the snowflakes life has slowed to a crawl with many businesses closing and most people staying bundled up inside their homes.

My mailman however, made his daily rounds. When I checked the box he hadn't brought junk mail, bills, or flyers, just one lonely self-addressed stamped envelope with my name on it. My normal thoughts about the signer crossed my mind but quickly turned to: "seriously?" All that snow and my treacherous front steps for one envelope. It just didn't seem worth it, but I am thankful.

This is who he brought:

Wayne Krenchicki 1991 Orioles Crown #248

Wayne was the seventh overall pick in the 1976 draft by the Orioles and made his major league debut three years later in 1979. During his three year career with the Orioles he played every infield position but first base and mixed in a little DHing. He never hit for a high average with the big club and moved on to Cincinnati, Detroit and finally Montreal. After leaving the Orioles his average slowly climbed and he finished his career above .366.

His autograph makes a total of 166/310 (55%) living players from the Orioles Crown set. With the holidays approaching I haven't sent many requests so the successes may be a little sporadic but hopefully some trades pull through to supplement the collection.


  1. I think this might be the first Orioles Crown card that I've seen where the player didn't sign across his face. How big are they compared to standard cards?

    Sorry to hear about all the snow... I'm not looking forward to how much I'll have to dig out of by morning, either.

  2. Paul, they are close to an inch shorter and all are just headshots. It makes it difficult to avoid signing over the face. Some are better about it then others and I have even received two cards signed on the back. Check out the picture of Fritz Connally I have on here, he is a great xample of what you are talking about.