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

Friday, May 7, 2010

A Little More, A Little Less

Last Friday I mailed a half dozen requests and have already started to see a few successes trickle in. My two new acquisitions represent the give and take of TTM requests.

In just seven days I got Chris Sabo and Tom Dukes back, Sabo only signing 1/2 and Dukes adding an extra photograph. Advantage: push. I was excited to see both successes as neither player was a lock to return.

Tom Dukes 1991 Orioles Crown #115

Dukes' lone season in Baltimore came during the 1971 push to a World Series title, ended by the Pittsburgh Pirates. During the regular season his numbers were good, but he shut down the Pirates in his two appearances in the series. He appeared in games 3 and six, both losses, but never allowed a run in his four innings of relief. The next season he spent his time in the organization with Rochester before being dealt to the California Angels, retiring after the season.

Dukes added an inscribed Orioles postcard of himself with my Crown card, thus the "Little More".

Sabo has been a very streaky signer, successfully completing under 50% of his requests according to I was one of the lucky ones. The majority of his documented successes are within one or two weeks, and all use the same address. I guess I must have made an impression. Or I was just on the top of the pile. Either way, SCORE! Sabo did however, decline to sign an additional 1994 Collector's Choice card I included ("Little Less").

Chris Sabo 1995 Pinnacle #405

An extremely appropriate selection for Chris to sign. I recognize the first kid's 1993 Upper Deck card from the back design, what a dork I am. How cool are those three kids, forever immortalized on a major league baseball card? I would settle for that as my 15 minutes of fame. Instead it's playing the lead snowman in my 2nd grade play. Again, dork.

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