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, August 12, 2012

Money To Burn: Dave McNally

I had made some decent sized purchases, picking up a bunch of cards at a time, that cost a pretty penny.  But I was torn on how to make my mark on Saturday at the National.  Did I want to bust some wax?  Damn right I did.  The thought of pulling a game changer at the Convention was almost too much to overcome.  But I did overcome the urge.  I instead bought up a few tough to come by vintage Orioles autographs, three to be exact.

First up:
Dave McNally 1965 Topps #249
I love researching the players that played for the Birds during their hay-day.  I knew they were good, maybe even great and had amazing players.  I knew of the four 20 game winners (Cuellar, McNally, Palmer and Dobson), the 1966 World Series sweep.

What I didn't know is that Dave McNally is in the Hall of Fame.  Or at least his bat is.  OK, it's Curt Motton's bat.  McNally used Curt Motton's bat to hit the only Grand Slam in World Series history.  See what pitchers could do before the Designated Hitter?  They were athletes.  Ballplayers.  Not just coddled premadonnas.

This card was the first of my expensive purchase from Rich Altman and Hollywood Collectibles.


  1. Great pick up,McNally should be in the Hall Of Fame ,next to his bat.

  2. One of my very favorite Oriole cards.