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, August 27, 2010

Birds Of Another Color

I picked up Ricky Bones and Doug Linton autographs in another trade from Tom Seaver on SCN. Both players were on the Orioles pitching staff in 1999 but never had a baseball card produced. Bones has a 1999 O's Postcard out there somewhere.

Ricky Bones 1993 Leaf #122

Bones was near the end of his career in 99 when he appeared in 30 games for the Orioles. He was a mainstay in the bullpen making two spot starts when the club was in need. He has added on to a long major league career as a minor league coach. Bone sis the pitching coach for the Buffalo Bisons, coaching alongside former Oriole Jack Voigt. He was named in the Mitchell Reports witch hunt into steroids but it hasn't seemed to deminish his coaching. Bones is known as a great IP signer but Buffalo is too far to travel for me, and besides, he has yet to respond to my TTM request.

Doug Linton 1993 Topps #159

Linton's stint in Baltimore was slightly shorter than that of Bones, appearing in eight games as a starter and six as a reliever. The 1999 season in Baltimore was his only stop in the majors between 1997-2002. He toiled in the minor leagues through five different organizations. Linton did not start the 99 season with the Orioles so he did not appear in the postcard set. Linton is a great signed but instead of taking the chance TTM, this was a sure thing,

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