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, April 20, 2010

Mystery Package Revealed

So, I finally had a chance to go to the P.O. today to claim my postage due package. Walked in to no line, a first, with my trusty George Washington firmly in hand. Gave the lady my form and she came back with my package. A small envelope self addressed to me. The same type envelope I have sent hundreds of times for TTM requests. Yet this one miraculously cost $1.22, when all others only needed a lone $.44 stamp. I asked the lady at the counter why this one cost so much and she had no response. I handed her my dollar, which she then gave back to me with my package. Thanks Postal Lady! I hope the U.S. Government doesn't miss my $.78, just tack it to my taxes next year.

Once I sat in my car I couldn't wait and I tore open the envelope, inside I found:
Gary Matthews Jr. 2003 Topps #509

Gary Matthews Jr. 2003 Upper Deck #316

Even with these cards sitting at the Post Office for almost a week, they still only took less than three weeks to arrive. When I sent to him as the season was beginning I thought it was a lost cause, only 30% successes I had seen. Apparently I found him at a good time as there are other reported successes of his last week. Timing IS everything. Now, silver is not my first choice to sign with and I may even prefer pen, but a sig is a sig. And I went 2 for 2.


  1. I'm definitely interested in one of those if you are willing to trade one.

  2. Hmm...maybe I should drop one in the mail to him. Probably too late.

  3. Ryan-Its is most certainly available. I am putting the Upper Deck in the collection, so Topps is yours.

  4. Thanks Kirk, can you send me an email and let me know what you would like in return? salsmanado at gmail. Thanks again man.