I collect baseball cards. I know I'm a dork but I have lived with that fact for quite some time.
But I am a dork with goals. I am trying to acquire an autograph of every person to play an inning for my favorite team, the Baltimore Orioles. I will be sharing the trials and tribulations of card collecting, stories from players and my thoughts on the hobby. I will try to be as entertaining as possible and hopefully you can watch me attain my goal.
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.
Total Players 877/977 = 89.25% 1991 Orioles Crown Set Total Players 309/465 = 66.45% Alive Players 274/369 = 74.25
Prior to the season, William from Foul Bunt, reached out about Ronny. He had a pretty sweet auto laying around and I was more than happy to take it off his hands.
Ronny Paulino 2008 Stadium Club Beam Team Autographs #RP Ronny had torn the cover off the ball in his limited appearances this year. Seven hits in 13 at bats filling in for Matt Wieters, can't ask for more from a backup.
I am working on a return package. Not sure when it will get out, Wifey has a scheduled induction tomorrow.
After the first series of the season, I am quite impressed with my home town Birds. Only three earned runs during a three game sweep of the Twins. Why not, 2012? All I hope for is for the team to be competitive. Bring on the Yankees.
The other trend that cannot keep up is all these new look Orioles. During opening weekend, eight different players made their Oriole debut. Wilson Betemit and Matt Lindstrom on Friday. Ronny Paulino, Ryan Flaherty and Luis Ayala donned the orange and black on Saturday and Endy Chavez, Nick Johnson and Jason Hammel on Sunday.
Eight players, three games, and I only have one of their autographs, Ryan Flaherty. So who has any of the other guys available? Looking for any autographs and base cards of Luis Ayala.
Looking to add a few base cards to get autographs. Below is a list of the players I need at all levels of the organization.
Orioles: Pitchers Luis Ayala- Anything Wei-Yen Chen- Anything Jason Hammel- Orioles/Postcard Tommy Hunter- Orioles Matt Lindstrom- Orioles/Postcard Darren O'Day- Anything Pedro Strop- Anything
Catchers Ronny Paulino- Orioles/Postcard
Position Players Wilson Betemit- Orioles/Postcard Nick Johnson- Orioles/Postcard
AAA Norfolk Tides: Pitchers Dana Eveland- Orioles Minors/Postcard Willie Eyre- Orioles Minors/Postcard Chris George- Orioles Minors/Postcard Steve Johnson- Anything Jon Link- Anything Zach Phillips- Orioles Minors/Postcard Miguel Socolovich- Anything Oscar Villarreal- Anything Dontrelle Willis- Orioles Minors/Postcard
Catchers Zach Booker- Anything John Hester- Anything Chris Robinson- Anything
Position Players Matt Antonelli- Orioles Minors/Postcard Xavier Avery- Anything Scott Beerer- Anything Jamie Hoffmann- Anything Jai Miller- Orioles Minors/Postcard Steve Tolleson- Anything Zelous Wheeler- Anything
AA Bowie Baysox: Pitchers Timothy Bascom- Anything Bobby Bundy- Anything Zach Clark- Anything Oliver Drake- Anything Pat Egan- Anything Eddie Gamboa- Anything Sean Gleason- Anything Robert Hinton- Anything Daniel Klein- Orioles Luis Lebron- Anything Cole McCurry- Anything Wynn Pelzer- Anything Jacob Pettit- Anything Stuart Pomeranz- Anything Pedro Viola- Anything Ross Wolf- Anything
Catchers Allan de San Miguel- Anything Caleb Joseph- Orioles
A Frederick Keys Pitchers Scott Copeland- Anything Jason Gurka- Anything Andy Loomis- Anything Justin Moore- Anything Nathan Moreau- Anything Kenny Moreland- Anything Ryan O'Shea- Anything Chris Petrini- Anything Clayton Schrader- Anything Kyle Simon- Anything Ashur Tolliver- Anything David Walters- Anything Mike Wright- Anything Richard Zagone- Anything
Catchers Joe Oliveira- Anything Scott Thomas- Anything
Position Players Aaron Baker- Anything Steven Bumbry- Anything Michael Flacco- Anything Tyler Kelly- Anything Trent Mummey- Anything Jeremy Nowak- Anything Michael Rooney- Anything Kipp Schutz- Anything Bobby Stevens- Anything Matthew Sweeney- Anything Chris Tremblay- Anything Ronnie Welty- Anything
Please let me know if you have any of these players, base, parallel or even autographs available and what you need in return.
Yesterday I was able to take a lunch break for the first time in a long while. I grabbed a quick bite then decided to do something scandalous, go to my LCS.
This LCS is unlike what I used to know. It is clean. It is huge. It has only a few card display cases and not a ton of cards. Their niche is signed memorabilia. Pricey signed memorabilia. I paid no attention to that and snagged three packs of cards.
2012 Topps Jumbo: Johnny Peralta Golden Moments Relic #GMR-JP
Inserts Adrian Gonzalez Golden Moments #GM-5 Albert Belle/Mike Stanton Timeless Talents #TT-18 Willie McCovey Gold Standard #GS-9 Brett Gardner 1987 Topps Mini #TM-22 Derek Jeter Golden Greats #GG-28 Brandon Belt Gold Futures #GF-3 Mike Pelfrey Gold Parallel #214
I got one of the two relics in the box so not too bad. Unfortunately the Tigers uni on the front threw me off, I thought I pulled a Miggy Cabrera. Oh well. Also have four Golden Giveaway redemption codes I will not be redeeming available.
2011 Topps Debut (2); Josh Zeid Solo Signature #SSA-JZ
Corey Brown Double-A All-Stars #DA-19
I don't know why I bought the last two packs of this product. I don't really care for minor league stuff because I have no clue who these kids are. But I broke down, again, and snagged an auto for my efforts.
All are for trade, and if you are looking for any base cards let me know. By the end of the weekend I hope to have a list of base cards I am looking to add to snag autographs on. Thanks for the read.
I let my Orange and Black flag fly yesterday at work, and local sportswriter Mike Preston laughed at me. For at least five minutes. He all but called me delusional and crazy. But isn't that the definition of fan, short for fanatic? According to dictionary.com, "a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal". Sounds like a pretty good description of me.
As I get prepared for opening day, I can't help but be uneasy. The Orange Kool-Aid has been coursing through my veins since I was four years old. I am the eternal optimist when it comes to The Birds. This year is no different. But as in the past decade, there are a ton of questions to be answered.
First Base Will Chris Davis finally step up and become a full time big leaguer? Will he strikeout more than 200 times this season? Can he find a consistent power stroke? Can Nick "Journeyman" Johnson still play and provide a spark to the lineup?
Second Base Will Brian Roberts ever play again? If so, will he ever be effective again? Can someone please get him some more HGH or clear, whatever he used in the past would be fine? Any chance Robert Andino or WIlson Betemit could fill his void?
Shortstop How good can J.J. Hardy be? How long before he moves to second base? Is Manny Machado ready? Can we please find out?
Third Base Did the demotion to first base make Mark Reynolds realize he has to field ground balls in order to play third? Will Reynolds injure a fan in the first row of the stands with an errant throw? Has he realized the right and left field lines are pretty damn short? Can he hit 50? Will he strike out more than Chris Davis?
Catcher How good can Matt Wieters be? Will anyone steal a base against him?
Left Field Can Nolan Reimold capture some of the magic from his rookie campaign?
Center Field How long will Adam Jones be in Baltimore?
Right Field Where did Nick Markakis' power go? Does he have the ability to protect the power hitters in our lineup?
Starting Staff Can a staff loaded with #3 starters develop an ace? Will Jake Arrieta and Brian Matusz make strides toward their potential? Will the new Asian Persuasion be effective against MLB batters? Can Chris Tillman develop and build on his good Spring? Can Zach Britton get healthy?
Bullpen Can Jim Johnson get it done in the closer role? How often will Kevin Gregg pour gasoline on a fire?
Fandom Will Wifey give birth to our son in the stands today?
If the answers to these questions are: Davis will start 140 games, strikeout 195 times, bash 25 HR, as Nick Johnson fills in admirably at first; while B-Rob makes a full recovery with PED's, being backed by the excellence of Andino and Betemit's .285 average and 15 HR; where Hardy doesn't have to change positions to become an All-Star so Machado can become more seasoned in the minors; as Mark Reynolds keeps his head and ass down to field grounders, maims only one fan early in the season, sprays bombs down the lines to hit 50 HR with 188 strike outs, eight less than Davis; with Wieters winning another Gold Glove and starting in the All-Star game, allowing zero stolen bases; as Reimold locks himself in the starting lineup and anchors the back third of the order; while Adam Jones signs a long term deal to blow bubbles, steal bases and be adored by fans; so pressure is taken off Markakis and he can just hit, hit, hit and throw out base runners; while Arrieta, Matusz, Chen, Hunter and Tillman win at least ten games each with Jake falling into the ace role, so Britton can heal and be effective down the stretch; as Jim Johnson saves 40 and Kevin Gregg has a great start to the season so we can trade him for a well fit puzzle piece; and Yes: the Orioles will be relevant again.
Seriously it could happen. Anyone thirsty? I've got a fresh batch of the Orange stuff for ya. It tastes delicious.
Even if they lose and are awful this year, a birth in section 340 on Opening Day would be a big story.