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, January 30, 2010

Feeling a Little Ranty

I am surprised any players sign TTM anymore. With eBay and other sites flooding the market with these autographs many players have turned skeptical. I can't say I blame them.

When a huge majority of their autograph requests come from well financed adults it must be hard to see the "collector" there. I collect for the fun of it. It is not my job and I don't hunt down the big score or try and exploit players, that's just me. But when I found that there are individual "collectors" that will charge to get your cards signed by players, I felt ill. They are charging when the player does not.

I know it's not that different from simply selling a card you had signed but it's the premeditated nature that gets me. The person is stating, "I don't really care about your autograph, but someone is paying me to get it." In turn there are many minor stars that charge for their autographs or just won't sign at all. More and more players save their sigs for private signings or appearances where they secure a fee directly, more power to them.

The only reason we seek the autograph is because the player has accomplished something, Joe Schmo with a sharpie has not.

This is not an indictment on those that seek to make a profit from cards, if possible, I like to do the same. I am, however, pleading for a little more "collecting" in baseball card or autograph collecting.

I hope ballplayers don't read this blog and charge, and I am pretty sure they won't, because I want to feel the thrill of a TTM success. I want to add to my collection without having to pay an arm and a leg, but it looks like that is the new landscape of my hobby.

If the Schu Fits

Rick Schu is a great signer TTM. These are numbers three, four and five I have received back. Most of my successes recently have been from players I already have, but need the Oriole Crown card signed. I'm not complaining but crossing another name from the master list would be kinda cool.

Rick Schu 1991 Orioles Crown #409

Rick Schu 1989 Score #452

Rick Schu 1989 Topps #352

Rick has always been a quick reply, I got these back in only two weeks. He even switched things up with the Sharpie, moving to blue which I prefer. How thoughtful I like the new addition to the Crown set, one card closer.

Monday, January 25, 2010

2010 is Heating Up

Maybe it's the cold weather. Maybe it's FanFest. Maybe it's the thought of Spring Training looming. Maybe it's just boredom. Whatever it is, I like it. I have received seven TTM successes and a trade in the last five days. This is more like it.

I sent a round of requests on January 14th and five of those have come back successfully already. So here are the last five days of successes.

Friday January 22nd, 2010

Tom Chism 1991 Orioles Crown #76

Chism is the only unique success I received this week, every other card is replacing one currently in the collection. The main reason for that, he never had a major card released. There are a few minor league issues from the late 70's but his Crown card is his only one as an Oriole. Tom's career spanned six games for the O's in 1979, garnering three at-bats but never recording a hit.

Dave Ford 1991 Orioles Crown #140

I never knew David Wooderson from Robert E. Lee High School went on to pitch for the Orioles. I thought he would have stayed around the grounds chasing approproately aged high school girls, but apparently not ("Dazed and Confused" reference for those that didn't get it). He seriously looks like Matthew McConaughey's character from the movie and the timing kinda fits. He made his major league debut in 1978, and the movie took place in 1976, coincidence, I think not. I hope he got royalties or something for his obvious influence over the role. This autograph bumps out a 1983 Fleer I traded for before breaking apart the Crown set.

Mark Thurmond 1991 Orioles Crown #458

My second string of successes from Thurmond since starting "The Quest." He was actually the first I received, long before I broke apart the 1991 Crown set for autographs. The only cards I had besides the Crown was four 1989 Topps cards and now I have three available. Glad to get the Crown version into the collection.

Mark Thurmond 1989 Topps Inscribed ROM 1:16 #152

So, have you ever received a signature with a bible verse and wonder what it said? I did, and this is what I found: "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile" Romans 1:16. Apparently God is an Oriole fan, making references to Jim Gentile in the Bible. I joke because I don't get the relevance of the verse, I should probably open my mind our soul a bit more.

Mark Thurmond 1989 Topps #152

Of all four Topps cards I sent, this is the only one without the biblical verse inscribed and I like the balance of it better. I think he got tired of signing it every time.

Monday January 25th, 2010

Doug DeCinces 1991 Orioles Crown #99

The DeCinces I received in the mail is another replacement. I had made a trade early on for a bunch of 1983 Fleer cards, and have begun replacing then with Crown cards. It's hard to follow a legend and that's exactly what DeCinces had to do after Brooks Robinson retired. DeCinces was no Brooksie, but no one was. He became a solid defensive third baseman with average offensive statistics. He posted his best year in Baltimore with 28HR, 80RBI and a .286AVG in 1978.

John Lowenstein 1981 Topps #591

This card came in my lone trade this week in return for a 1994 Bowman Harold Baines. I have also sent a TTM request to Lowenstein this month, but there have been few recorded successes, so I pulled the trigger on a trade. I am sensing a theme with these successes this week, famous characters impersonating baseball players. In steps Father Guido Sarducci. As a kid in the early 80's I actually thought Lowenstein and Sarducci were the same person.

Tuesday January 26th, 2010

Ross Grimsley 1991 Orioles Crown #167

This card doesn't do his hair justice. His nickname was "Skuz", and there are a handful of cards showcasing his locks much better. I have only seen his signatures in pen, but was still hoping for sharpie. A boy can dream can't he?

Tippy Martinez 1991 Orioles Crown #281

The third and final installment of Felix Anthony Martinez, first was '81 Topps, then '83 Fleer. It was my second go-round of TTM and the first with a sharpie. Upgrade.

Billy Ripken 1988 Topps #352

I sent this request almost a year ago and am happy to have it back. The only sad part is that I have to send another request for the Crown card to add to that set. All of these repeats make me a little angry I didn't get the Crown set together before initially sending out my requests. It feels like I am crawling uphill, getting successes, but not the main ones I need. I have a pretty cool card, 1989 Donruss Baseball's Best, but since I can add a RC to the collection I will.

Collection Statistics

1991 Orioles Crown Total 176/501 = 35.13%
1991 Orioles Crown Alive 174/389 = 44.73%

Total Collection 335/881 Players/Managers = 38.02%

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Orioles FanFest 2010

Saturday, January 23rd marked the annual Orioles FanFest and my first appearance at the event. I had heard stories that FanFest was a disorganized, chaotic event that wasn't necessarily worth the time. So needless to say I didnt go into the event with high hopes. After almost seven hours, I left the Baltimore Convention Center with mixed emotions.

The morning did not start very well. I was misdirected to the ticket booth and wasted 20 minutes in a line for ticket holders, only to exit the line, purchase tickets and make my way to the back. Since I am not a season ticket holder I had to wait with the rest of the regular fans until 11am, no big deal. But as the line of 1000+ people was pushing toward the entrance, FanFest staff decided to let newcomers to the party enter as well, bypassing those who had been waiting an hour. Not cool. Once inside, ticket-takers hastily ripped tickets to get to the next entrant, forgetting that most people entering were "collectors" and may want to hold onto the stub, or at least get it signed.

Then, I was in and had a decision to make, up or down? Up had one autograph station and down had three, no brainer. I went to the lower level and hurried to the designated areas ready for my day to truly begin.

Each autograph station had sections A and B, rotating signing times on the hour. Each line would only allow 250 seekers through and once the quota was reached, no one else could enter the line. The sessions included three signers, each ready to go. The players were listed on televisions to aid in hunting, but the announcements were made only an hour before each signing. With the amount of people clamoring for autographs, it was impossible to plan who to go after or even where to start.

I started at the closest line to me, closed. Second, closed. Third, closed. Fourth, open, but with players I didnt need or have cards for. Five and six, were much of the same. Awesome start. So I decided to go upstairs and try my luck.
The seventh line I went to was closed, but number eight was open and I had to get in. I could not risk going back through the madhouse to come out empty handed. I was there for autographs and that is what I would get damnit. The upper level had been ignored by most and the open line was barely half full.

Jim Palmer, Brian Roberts, Nick Markakis, Nolan Reimold and Adam Jones all escaped me in the early lines that were closed. My noon line was for Michael Aubrey, Luke Scott and Mike Bordick. I had a Bordick already but needed Scott and Aubrey, so it was a good place to begin, as if I had much of a choice. Here I met my first single serving friend, a guy looking for Don Buford to sign a statuette, and we struck up conversation. We were both natigating the event solo and were finding it a rough beginning.

Once our session was filled, tons of people started pouring into the upper level. Before the 11am signing was over, the line for the next session at 1pm was starting to fill up. By the time my session had started the next quota had been met. It became apparent that waiting would be the name of the game today. On time, the signings began and the line moved quickly.

Mike Aubrey was the first signer on stage. I didn't have anything featuring him as an Oriole, but had a blank 1991 Crown I was going to have him sign. On the table with him were his Oriole Postcard, so I went with that instead. He was very personable, making conversation with as many people as possible and with the first autograph of the day my tension subsided.
Mike Aubrey 2010 Orioles Postcards

Next in line was Scott, fully bearded, as if he were training to fight Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. I asked him about his new look and he said he grew it every year when he trains in the cold weather off-season. I thanked him for his signature and crossed another one off the list.
Luke Scott 2009 Topps Heritage #109

When it came to Bordick, I actually had a personal connection. He had been a patron of the restaurant I managed many times and I asked if he had been back recently. He chuckeld and said he had and we shook hands upon my exit. The 2002 Fleer Tradition he signed looks great and will transplant the autograph currently in the collection I had to trade for.
Mike Bordick 2002 Fleer Tradition #178

OK, three autographs down, two I can cross off the needs list and an upgrade of another. Not too bad, but no signers from 1991 Crown. Hopefully it would happen in the next session. I grabbed a quick bite to eat, chicken tenders and a hot dog, and wasn't charged for my soda, score! With few options and little drive to go back to the main level, I got in another line. This line was for the 2pm mystery signing.

At 1pm a woman announced it was Chris Tillman, Kam Mickolio, and Jason Berken, she was wrong. It ended up being Brian Roberts, Chorye Spoone and someone I forgot. I have almost 100 autos of Roberts and a Spoone and felt like I would be missing out on too much to stay in line. I gave two little kids whose favorite player was Roberts, two of his cards and exited the line at 1:10pm. The 3pm line was forming and I got in, almost two hours prior to the signing.

This was now the second time I was waiting in line, to go wait in line, I was stoked. A pint-sized O's fan was in front of me and proved to be a font of knowledge. He helped me pass the time, talking about the latest Orioles news, their prospects and the signing of Miguel Tejada. Tejada's signing earlier in the day spread like the game telephone, with few knowing exactly how much and for how long, just understanding he was back.

At 2pm my signers were announced, the triple B's. Josh Bell, Jason Berken and Brad Bergesen. My heart sank slightly as I only had a card for Bergesen but wasn't about to relinquish my spot. Others felt more strongly and left, testing the waters in another line.

I had only heard Josh Bell mentioned on talk radio and had no idea what he looked like until he sat down at the table to sign. He was the only player I saw dressed for the occasion in a suit and tie. He was extremely gracious and as you can tell from my scan, has a great signature. Hopefully he will be cracking the major league roster soon, so I can place his postcard in the collection.
Josh Bell 2010 Orioles Postcards

Berken was just as nice. He had a black sharpie, I had blue, so my Berken postcard is probably one of the few in blue. His signature is a little hard to read, but his #49 inscription makes it better.
Jason Berken 2010 Orioles Postcards

When I got to Bergesen I asked about his leg as I am sure I was the first to do so. He said he was back to full strength and good to go. I am glad I made it to the card store this week to pick up some team sets so I could add him to the book.
Brad Bergesen 2009 Topps Update #211

I had been secluded in a small room for over an hour and had no clue how busy it was in the main hallway. It wasn't. The 4pm session across the hall was not even half full for Felix Pie, Nate Snell and Justin Turner. Finally, I could cross off a very hard signer in Snell from the Crown set. I met two other collectors that belong to and we talked about the hobby the entire wait. Rob is also collecing the Crown set so we had a lot of trading successes and failures to talk about. Hopefully we may be able to help each other out with some needs, probably just mine.

As 4pm struck, we had no signers and the last session of the day was announced, Chris Hoiles, TiM Nordbrook and Boog Powell. Crap. Now I was in a pickle. The Boog line was sure to fill up fast and mine had not even started. I didnt know what to do, so I reacted spontaneously. I gave my Nate Snell card to a collector who didnt need anything by him, got an extra 91 Crown Nordbrook from Rob, and ditched the line for Powell. I made it. I was guaranteed three hits form the set and was happy.

That quickly faded. The Boog room didn't fill up quickly. Actually it didn't fill up at all. I guess most people had left or were picking up the leftovers downstairs. So I should have stayed and gotten Pie, Turner and Snell, what a boner. But wait, there's more. When I went out to "go to the bathroom", which surprisingly was allowed, I found that Snell had never showed. Awesome! It figures.
Nate Snell 1991 Orioles Crown Still Unsigned

Back in the Powell room there were more single serving friends. We compared collections, current needs and what item would be saved if the house were on fire. This event had a ton of people dropping big wads on jerseys, bats and helmets, and there I was with a small box of cards. I kinda felt inadequate, but then I remembered I was a blogger, I was cool. Ish.

Boog was the first in line and I asked him to sign his full name if possible. He obliged with a great John "Boog" Powell on my card, which he doesn't usually do. He was pimping his brand, Boog's BBQ as always. I don't think he has worn anything else since Camden Yards opened up. He had just recently replied to my TTM request siting only doing private signings or going through a promotional company, so getting him on the Crown card brightened my day.
John "Boog" Powell 1991 Orioles Crown #367

Hoiles was next and even though I served him and others beers before his Orioles Hall of Fame Induction, I didn't bring it up, not sure why. I had success with him TTM so there was no Crown card to sign, just a Score. My extra I gave to a guy behind me that didnt have anything for him.
Chris Hoiles 1996 Score

The last sig of the day was Tim Nordbrook. I think he was a little shocked that I actually had a card of his to sign, thanks Rob. He had already signed a bunch of his postcards and gave me an extra. It was a nice way to end my autograph day.
Tim Nordbrook 1991 Orioles Crown #334

Tim Nordbrook 2010 Orioles Fanfest Postcard

The design of the event made me stay holed up in my little corner of the Convention Center. I didn't dare go see my friend Karim, working a booth on the main level, it was too risky. I also was not able to listen to any forums, play and kids games (I was probably too tall anyway) or have my picture taken with Palmer for charity. I am bummed at how it was handled, having to pin all your hopes on chance, or have a team of people waiting in every line. I don't have that kind of arsenal at my disposal.

The walk back to the car gave me time for reflection. I was such an idiot for getting out of the Pie line, I missed out on two more autos... now I have a few contacts to trade with... maybe they will follow this blog... probably not... I am glad Olivia didnt come, she would have hated me for it... I would have guilted her into waiting in lines for me so I could bounce back and forth... Now I need to mend the fact that I left her all alone on a Saturday for a bunch of men.

Were you there? If so I would love to hear about your experience. Thanks for your patience during my rant.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Couple of New Pick-ups From the "Ghetto"

Do you have one of those friends who has such a great nickname you can't remember their real name? Or you just choose not to use it even though adulthood is in full effect? I have one of those, Ghetto.

Ghetto is a huge sports fan, focusing on the Orioles, Phillies, Cowboys and Nike paraphanelia. We have been dealing back and forth for years on credit, filling needs as necessary, knowing we would be repaid eventually. Today was my eventually.

Aside from having a great name he also has a pretty good collection, some of which he sent to me today.

Ken Dixon 1987 Donruss #171

Perfect timing. Last week I received a return to sender envelope from Mr. Dixon. This was my second attempt and second failure, so I wasn't sure if it would happen TTM. No more wasted stamps and no more waiting. In a nice little twist, Dixon is also going to appear at FanFest on Saturday and I am hoping to double up with his 1991 Crown card.

Juan Guzman 2000 Topps Traded Autographs #TTA-74

Same name. Same position. Same organization. Same time frame. Wrong Juan Guzman. This Juan Ramon Guzman never played in a game as an Oriole, just stayed in the minors. He was a converted catcher who never cracked the bigs and won't crack the main collection either. He will be relegated to the minor league portion, waiting for the big-timer to show.

Al Jackson 1989 Baltimore Orioles Postcards #14

Jackson broke into basbeall with the Mets before bouncing around to the Cardinals, Reds and Mets again. His playing career never touched down in Baltimore but he spent time here as a coach. Is it just me or does he look pissed? Not a happy guy.

Bob Melvin 1991 Upper Deck #310

Known more for his defense than offense, Melvin spent three season behind the plate in Baltimore. He then went on to play for four teams over the next four seasons before calling it quits. A little irony. When researching his stats, the header was his 1991 Upper Deck card signed. Eerie isn't it?

Brooks Robinson 1976 Topps #95

I know its a Hall of Famer autograph, but I was expecting more from his signature. It's gigantic, but it's Brooksie. Welcome to the collection.

Earl Weaver 1987 Topps #568

The second HOFer of the day and a stark contrast to Brooks. This is a great looking auto and the 87 Topps set really pops. I can certainly see why so many people go after the complete set.

I am extremely happy with these additions.

And now for the most worthless autograph in my collection.

There's your shout-out, you better savor it.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Two More in the Book

It seems as if I am spending more and more time with the collection and gearing up for FanFest, spring training and the 2010 season. Trading has also picked up as I am expecting a few new autographs to come through this week. My short term goal is to eclipse the 50% mark by the end of the baseball season. Slowly but surely my needs list is being whittled away. I received two more successes in the mail tonight, hopefully continuing a good year.

The Goods:
Ken Holtzman 1991 Orioles Crown #201

Ken Holtzman had a one year stint with the Orioles in the latter stages of his 15 year career. Many Oriole fans from the '70's remember him beating our team in the 1973 & 1974 ALCS as a member of the Oakland Athletics. He came over in the Reggie Jackson trade in 1976, only to be moved again in the middle of the season to the Yankees. His short lived career in Baltimore spanned 13 games only yielding five wins but an impressive 2.86 ERA.

Jeff Schneider 1991 Orioles Crown #408

Schneider's entire major league playing career was crammed into the Orioles 1981 season. As a reliever he appeared in 11 games recording only one save. Although his career was easily forgettable, his 1982 Topps card featuring some guy named Ripken is slightly more recognizable.

Knowing that Schneider and Bonner are decent signers TTM and Ripken can be had at a price, I will pursue this tri-autograph card.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

New Edition

Sorry guys, this post is not devoted to Bobby Brown, Michael Bivens, Ricky Bell, Ralph Tresvant and Ronnie DeVoe, of early 80's R&B fame, but to my latest autograph editions. I apologize for getting your hopes up.

Until this week I had been suffering through a substantial drought of TTM successes, none in 2010. That was until Mr. Postman brought me two "New Editions" this weekend.

Bob Bailor 1991 Orioles Crown #14

You just have to love the 70's. This is perhaps the sweetest example of facial hair/chops/sideburns I have seen featured on a baseball card. If you have any documentation of better I would be very impressed. I am really enamored by this card and how well it represents a specific era in our culture.

Aside from awesome facial landscaping, Bailor played a little ball as well. He had an 11 year major league career with four different clubs, starting his career in Baltimore. He found ole B'more a tough infield to crack playing behind Brooks Robinson, Mark Belanger and Bobby Grich. He only played 14 games here before finding a starting role to our North in expansion Toronto. I'm sure many people will remember him for his playing and managing, but I for one will remember his chops. His mutton chops.

Dallas Williams 1991 Orioles Crown #485

Dallas was the Orioles' first-round selection in 1976 and made his debut in 1981. He played in a mere two games for the Orioles, only batting in one, going 1 for 2. These two games were all Dallas saw as an Oriole before being traded to Cincinnati in 1983. His major league playing career was short-lived, never sniffing the bigs again after the '83 season. Continuing the trend of players turned manager, Dallas has spent his time since 1989 coaching and managing at the Major League and Minor League levels.

Both requests were sent out just after New Years and received around the 15th, a very quick turn-around. All told, I have sent about 30 requests this year, so hopefully the returns will start to roll in.

Current Collection Statistics:
Orioles Crown Autographs 167/501 Total = 33.33%
Orioles Crown Autographs 166/390 Alive = 42.56%

Total Orioles Autographs 324/881 = 36.77%

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Longest Season

My brother gave me a children's book for Christmas, not just because it is in line with my reading ability but because it is Orioles related. The book titled "The Longest Season" chronicles the Orioles of 1988, who hold the dubious distinction of starting a season 0 and 21.

It's a good read and teaches children the lesson of perseverance and I am sure to pass it along to my future children. The book inspired me to take a closer look at the team and what they went through that season. I am chronicling the 1988 team in autographs I have collected. I tried to stay true to the 1988 season, using a card from that year, but it was not always possible.

The season started with little fanfare due to the lackluster finish to the 1987 season. Cal Ripken Sr. started the season as manager with sons Billy and Cal Jr. starting up the middle. The first game was at home versus the Milwaukee Brewers and set the tone for the next 20 games with the Orioles losing 12-0.

Orioles Staring Lineup on April 4, 1988 vs the Milwaukee Brewers:

Leading off and playing left field, #1, Jeff Stone. 0 for 4

Hitting second and playing second, #3, Billy Ripken. 0 for 3
Billy Ripken 1989 Donruss TTM Autograph

Batting third and starting at short, #8, Cal Ripken Jr. 1 for 4
Cal Ripken 2003 Fleer Splendid Splinters Home Run Club auto/bat/blue #'d 215/300

Hitting clean-up and playing first base, #33, Eddie Murray. 0 for 4

Playing center field and hitting fifth, #19, Fred Lynn. 1 for 4

Hitting sixth and DHing, #18, Larry Sheets. 0 for 3
Larry Sheets 1989 Fleer TTM Autograph

Batting seventh, rookie third baseman, #13, Rick Schu. 0 for 3
Rick Schu 1989 Score TTM Autograph

Doing the catching and batting eighth, #15, Terry Kennedy. 1 for 3

And, hitting ninth, your right fielder, #6, Joe Orsulak. 2 for 3
Joe Orsulak 1989 Donruss TTM Autograph

Tonight's starting pitcher, #52, Mike Boddicker. 5.1 Innings, 4ER
Mike Boddicker 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Autograph

Relievers on Opening Day

#23 Oswaldo Peraza 1.2 Innings, 3ER

#24 Dave Schmidt .1 Innings, 4ER
Dave Schmidt 1988 Donruss IP Autograph

#39 Doug Sisk 1.2 Innings, 0ER
Doug Sisk 1989 Fleer TTM Autograph

Searching for a change, upper management let Cal Ripken Sr. go on April 12, replacing him with Hall of Famer Frank Robinson. Frank fared even worse, prompting speculation to why he was kept around longer, but he finished out "The Streak" and the season as manager.

Starters During "The Streak"

Position Players

#3 Craig Worthington

#11 Wade Rowdon

#26 Carl Nichols

#28 Jim Traber

#30 Tito Landrum

#35 Keith Hughes

#38 Ken Gerhart

#88 Rene Gonzales

Pinch Hitter

#9 Jim Dwyer
Jim Dwyer 1983 Fleer TTM Autograph

Starting Pitchers
#12 Mike Morgan

#16 Scott McGregor
Scott McGregor 1986 O-Pee-Chee TTM Autograph

#21 Mark Thurmond
Mark Thurmond 1989 Topps TTM Autograph

#23 Oswaldo Peraza

Relief Pitchers

#32 Mark Williamson

#37 Bill Scherrer

#48 Jose Bautista
Jose Bautista 1989 Donruss TTM Autograph

#49 Tom Niedenfuer

Mercifully the losing streak was ended on April 29th as the Orioles shut-out the Chicage White Sox 9-0. Murray and Ripken Jr. both went yard for the Birds to put an end to the second worst losing streak in baseball history. Winning did not catch on as they went and dropped their next game to finish April 1-22.

Other Players Appearing in a Game During the 1988 Season

#14 Mickey Tettleton

#16 Brady Anderson
Brady Anderson 1996 Bowman IP Autograph

#17 Pete Stanicek
Pete Stanicek 1989 Topps TTM Autograph

#25 Butch Davis
Butch Davis 1991 Orioles Crown TTM Autograph

#27 John Habyan

#29 Jeff Ballard

#30 Gregg Olson

#37 Dickie Noles

#41 Don Aase
Don Aase 1987 Topps TTM Autograph

#42 Pete Harnisch
Pete Harnisch 1991 Orioles Crown (TTM Autograph)

#43 Gordon Dillard
#43 Curt Schilling

#52 Bob Milacki
Bob Milacki 1989 Donruss TTM Autograph

#53 Jay Tibbs

The 1988 season finished much like it started with the Orioles losing four straight and eight of nine. For the season they totaled 54 wins and 107 losses without having a single winning month. 1988 marked the second time the Orioles eclipsed 100 losses, the first since their first year in Baltimore ('54), and most losses in team history.

Thanks for the memories guys.