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 3, 2011

My First Presidental Signature

I missed a 2 month window of successes for Dennis "El Presidente" Martinez in the late summer, but like a boy scout I was prepared. I made a deal a while back sending a bunch of unsigned Allen & Ginter for some in person help. My guy met Denny at a private function this winter and was able to grab two signatures for me.

Dennis Martinez 1991 Orioles Crown #280

"El Presidente" pitched 11 years for the Orioles and wasn't even half-way done with his career. All-in-all he pitched in 23 seasons, recording 245 wins, most ever for a Latin American pitcher. Denny was an enigma, getting stronger as he aged. His first All-Star appearance came at age 35 and his highest salary was over $4.5 million, at age 41. And for good measure he threw in a perfect game at age 36.

Since retirement, Denny has been elusive TTM. He tends to sign in bunches while disregarding other times of the year alltogether. He is curently an instructor with the Cardinals organization but I don't know his IP signing habits.

I had an extra Martinez card so sent it along to see what would happen. This happened:

Dennis Martinez 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game #29

Jim Dwyer's Crown card made the trip but came home blank. Can't get em all signed I guess.


  1. You're percentages are amazing. If I didn't know better, I'd say his last name started with an "L".

  2. Thanks, its been a journey and just gets tougher. I am still trying to catch Ryan at The Great Orioles Autograph Project. Grass is always greener, right?