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

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Pre-game Stretch

My continuing autograph saga from Orioles vs. Pirates on June 13th.

Inside the stadium I was able to bring Robert Andino over to the camera well for a quick signing session.  He signed two for me no problem and made small talk with everyone around.  Andino continues to sign well even with a dip in his performance only adding to his popularity with the fans.

Robert Andino 2012 Topps #452
I am a big fan of the new logo so this card will supplant a 2009 Topps Update card that I got last season.  Anyone need it?

After batting practice was finished Nick Johnson was the only other Oriole to stop.  He signed the two Nationals cards I had for him and was able to cross his name of my list.  Unfortunately after graphing him I came across an Orioles Postcard that I now need signed.  Hopefully I can upgrade next time.

Nick Johnson 2005 Topps #477
Nick Johnson 2005 Turkey Red #31
The Turkey Red card is available at right now and the Topps will make its way to the trade list as soon as the Postcard gets signed.

I had time to kill before the final appearance of the Orioles before the game so I decided to try my luck with the Pirates.  I was next in line for Pedro Alvarez before he ducked into the dugout.  Persistence did pay off when the next Pirate came over and I added this beauty:

Rod Barajas 2008 Upper Deck #686
It was here that I ran into a mother and her young son, both Pirates fans trying to get autographs.  They were lucky enough to get a Barajas signature on a ball as well.  I decided to try and share the wealth and gave him my extra Andino autograph and he chose a duplicate Kevin Correia for his collection. 

First Base Coach Luis Silverio saw the young Pirates fans along the rail and started hit a few balls their way.  He accuracy was perfect and I was able to help grab one for the kid next to me.  Not a bad day for an eight year old, autographed ball, two autographed cards and a practice MLB baseball.  I was only slightly jealous.

I made another attempt at Wilson Betemit and was denied three times  My consolation prize?  Another Nick Johnson.

Nick Johnson 2002 Fleer Tradition #263
Who wants to get this Yankee outta my house?