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

Thursday, February 10, 2011

FanFest Revisited

The last piece of my Fanfest experience came in last week, my Rick VandenHurk postcard. I gave up the opportunity to have a Willie Randolph autograph in exchange for VandenHurk as a Bird.

Despite being drafted in 2002 and in the bigs since 2007, Rick hasn't had many cards produced and none since being aquired by Baltimore last year. Actually, no major releases since his debut season in 2007. It seems the card companies have something against a young reliever with 42 major league appearances. He was traded for Will Ohman last year before making one start and six relief appearances for the Orioles. The Dutch born reliever is expected to be a strength in our pen, adding to the youth in our pitching staff.

Rick VandenHurk 2011 Orioles Postcard

The signature doesn't seem to spell his name. It looks like it begins with an H, then goes from there. I am not sure if it is a Dutch custom to go by thier last name, like the Japanese (see Ichiro). Anyone know if I am right or way off?


  1. He had a card in the 2008 Topps set.

  2. So he does. The new beckett has been screwing with me...again.

  3. E-mail me when you get a chance, I've got an auto of an Oriole I think you need. Couldn't find your e-mail anywhere.



  4. I think that is an H. His real first name is "Henricus".

  5. Well, Henricus would make a lot of sense with that graph. Thanks for the info, I can't believe I overlooked that when researching him. I'm fired.