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

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I Appreciate 2011 Topps Series II

Ok, the title is a little kooky but there is a reason. My company instituted a program to recognize its people for working hard. Each week employees are nominated by their peers/subordinates and a winner selected. Well, one of my employees "Appreciates Me". My company parlayed her appreciation into a Target gift card. An embarrassing mass email about how I am appreciated was all I had to endure. I then turned that gift card into baseball cards of course.

With the scanner still being broken and wifey not working weekends this post will only be a list of what I pulled. Don't worry, the Diamond Giveaways supplied photos.

I bought three blisters, guaranteeing the same number of Diamond Giveaway Redemption codes. I pulled another so was able to redeem four of those bad boys.

First was this one:
Rusty Greer 1999 Topps #220

UGH! Not how I wanted to start.

Carlton Fisk 1986 Topps #719

That's more like it.

Fred Lynn 1982 Topps #252

Very nice. Would have preferred him to be in Oriole orange and black but what are you gonna do. I do find it funny that the "In Action" subset has Freddy taking a lead, during Spring Training. Not very actiony for my tastes.

Then came this guy:

Bruce Bochte 1977 Topps #68

Do not confuse him with Bruce Bochy, ex-skipper, like I did. Bochte is an interesting cat, just ask his wikipedia page.

And then my best of all:

Bob Lemon 1971 Topps #91

I would have rathered a card during his playing days but he only had five of those and they are difficult to come by. This is now my oldest card in my virtual collection.

For those keeping count, you are correct, that was five cards, not four. I hit my first virtual milestone and was able to unlock another card. Go me.

Here is what I pulled from the packs and all are available for trade.

2011 Topps 60 T60-57 Sandy Koufax Dodgers
2011 Topps 60 T60-90 Greg Maddux Braves
2011 Topps 60 T60-93 Carlos Gonzalez Rockies
2011 Topps 60 Years of Topps 60YOT-113 Billy Butler Royals
2011 Topps 60 Years of Topps 60YOT-74 Roger Maris Yankees
2011 Topps 60 Years of Topps 60YOT-93 Andre Dawson Expos
2011 Topps 60 Years of Topps 60YOT-95 Ozzie Smith Cardinals
2011 Topps Before There Was Topps BTT-3 American Tobacco 1911: T201
2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary 349 Drew Stubbs Reds
2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary 395 Tyler Flowers White Sox
2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary 438 Ryan Theriot Cardinals
2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary 591 John Axford Brewers
2011 Topps Diamond Duos DD-12 Troy Tulowitzki Hanley Ramirez Rockies/Marlins
2011 Topps Diamond Duos DD-17 Buster Posey Neftali Feliz Giants/Rangers
2011 Topps Diamond Duos DD-18 Roy Halladay Felix Hernandez Phillies/Mariners
2011 Topps Diamond Stars DS-24 Ryan Braun Brewers
2011 Topps Gold 342 Jorge De la Rosa Rockies
2011 Topps Kimball Champions Minis KC-57 Tom Seaver Mets
2011 Topps Kimball Champions Minis KC-65 Bob Gibson Cardinals
2011 Topps Kimball Champions Minis KC-72 Ernie Banks Cubs
2011 Topps Toppstown Series 2 TT2-1 Tim Lincecum Giants
2011 Topps Toppstown Series 2 TT2-31 Jon Lester Red Sox
2011 Topps Toppstown Series 2 TT2-36 Hunter Pence Astros
2011 Topps Toppstown Series 2 TT2-43 Chris Carpenter Cardinals

Base Cards:

As alwyas I am looking for Orioles cards I need to get signed, signed cards from my wish list and vintage Birds. LMK


  1. I can use Kimballs 67 and 65, 60YOT 93, 95, 113, base 345, 350, 351, 367, 400, 415, 439, 449, 472, 512, 548, 555, 562, 564, 586, 611, 617, 639, 644, 657. I'm not sure what I can offer you, email me and we can work something out I'm sure.

  2. I would be interested in the Gold De La Rosa and the Topps 60 Carlos Gonzalez.

    I have platinum diamonds of Adam Jones and Michael Gonzales. Plus, a 60YOT 1983 Cal Ripken and a Toppstown Brian Matusz up for trade.

    I would trade them all for those two and two random Rockies base cards if you are up for it.