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

Monday, April 19, 2010

West Coast Connection

Attempts to get autographs from my local team have stalled, forcing me to concentrate my efforts elsewhere. Enter all of MLB baseball. I have sent a good amount of requests to O's who currently play ball in other cities.

It is a little weird that a lot of ex-Orioles play for the Dodgers, Casey Blake, Russ Ortiz and George Sherrill. I know what you are thinking, Casey Blake and Russ Ortiz? Yep. Six games for Blake and 20 for Ortiz. Who knew?

I went 2/2 from Sherrill in just over two weeks. Apparently relievers have a little time on their hands to sign some cards.

Sherrill came into prominence when given a chance to close in Baltimore during the 2008 campaign. He was elected as the Orioles representative in the All-Star game and wowed a lot of fans in Baltimore. Last season began as the closer in Baltimore and ended as the set-up man in Los Angeles. During the Dodgers stretch run last season he was nearly untouchable ringing up a .065 ERA. Once the playoffs began, Sherrill was again solid, until the Phillies put an end to his season.

George Sherrill 2008 Topps Update & Highlights #UH90

George Sherrill 2009 Topps #18

Again an Oriole pitcher, or ex-pitcher, likes to personalize his autographs. They must teach a class on this or something. I really like the picture on the 2009 Topps card but it looks like it got a little smeared en route, bummer. Anyone looking for a George Sherrill signed card addressed To Kirk? Oddly enough, I have one available.

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