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

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Money to Burn: Arnie Portocarrero

Arnie Portocarrero 1958 Topps #465
Drafted in 1949 by the Philadelphia Athletics, Arnie toiled in the minor leagues for a few seasons, toiled in the military during WWII and debuted in 1954.  The Athletics organization was not kind to Arnie and he never posted a winning season.  He was traded to the Orioles in 1958 and he took off, for a season.  He posted a career high 15 wins during the season.  He came back down to earth during his final two seasons in Baltimore, his last in the majors.  Arnie passed away in 1986 making a Crown card impossible.

This particular card was snagged from Hollywood Collectibles in my most expensive purchase of the National.  All in all, 32 names crossed off the list and one upgrade.  Also, 23 of those are deceased.  Not a bad haul for four days work.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, nice signature. I know Arnie is a very tough one. Looks like you did some serious work on your collection.