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, March 30, 2013

Just Doesn't Seem Right

A few weeks ago I figured out how to use the Blog Reader on my cell phone.  Finally my "office" visits each day at work have meaning.  One of those daily visits found me looking at Jaybarkerfan's Junk.  Not in a dirty way.

He was actually giving away some of his "junk".

I like free stuff.  So I got a little greedy and picked out the maximum 6 cards.  Seeing how autographs are kind of my thing these days, I grabbed a bunch.

2008 Topps Moments and Milestone Rookie Autographs
Jonathan Meloan
Armando Galarraga
Sam Fuld
2008 Topps Finest Autographs Jonathan Meloan
2005 Donruss Classics Gold Autographs #'d /1200 Sean Tracy
2004 Topps Heritage Signs of Authority Dana DeMuth

Hopefully I can parlay his generosity into an auto or two I need for my collection.

6 free autographs is pretty unfair, but it just gets worse. 

Wes wanted some vintage cards to take his mind off of 2013 Topps and I was eager to oblige with some old time Birds.  My PayPal account got fatter and I will definitely parlay that into some autograph needs.

I appreciate Wes' generosity and eagerness to clear some space in my basement.  I just hope the vintage I sent his way lives up to the price paid.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Are You Ready?

All packed up and ready to ship out.

The Blog-O-Sphere's favorite Dimwitted Astro's fan has a nice package on the way.  Possibly every Astro's card I have. 
Sam has decided to change, no small feat in life or the collecting world and I applaud his efforts.  I have been disillusioned with new cards for a while, mainly why I started to focus on the autograph side of things.  It took a lot to stop being a player collector so I can sympathize with his situation.
But alas, we are collectors and I am here to perpetuate the hobby, his addiction and his collection.  So I have sent Sam every Astro's card I own.  What do I get in return?  Whatever value he deems fair.  That is the trust I have in this man, this hobby and this community. 
Anyone else game?  Only the Astro's and Nationals are tapped out.  Even my Birds can be shipped your way.  Let me know

P.S. I can stop at any denomination of cards or send every stinking card of your favorite team.  Player collector?  I can send all cards of your favorite players.  Looking to clear out some room and pile up some autograph coin in the process.

Friday, March 22, 2013

My Scanner Hates Me

I have had temperamental scanner software for a while and continue to underestimate its hatred for my card collecting and blog.  In the past I had posted boring, scan-free blog entries and even abandoned posts altogether. 

Tonight, I will not be thwarted.  Why?  I opened a pack of cards for the first time in many months and I did pretty well.

I have been staring at the 2012 Factory Set my brother (card-collecting partner in crime) gave The Kid for Christmas.  The enticing "5-card Pack of Rookie Variation Cards" proved too much for my weak-willed self.  I had to do it.  The Kid can have the 660 regular cards when he is old enough to appreciate them.

I appreciate these now.

See, my scanner truly hates me.  The Yeonis Cespedes and Yu Darvish are the basic variation cards while the Harper is a tad more special.  It is the "Yelling" variation or the polarizing loud mouth my brother loves so much.  Too bad he can't have it.  I will probably sell it out of spite. 

What my scanner decided to cut out was Brett Lawrie and Matt Moore variations.  I'm not sure if all the packs are this stacked but I can't complain at all.  OK, I would have preferred the Left Handed Darvish, but whatever. 

Anyone out there interested?

Friday, March 15, 2013

A Hundred on the Horizon

Even with an absence for the blogging community over the last few months I have been able to creep closer to two different milestones.


Oh so close to 100 followers and I haven't done anything cool in a while.  Thanks to anyone that has stuck it out and welcome to the few newer guys.  My ego is inflated every time I see a new name following this humble little blog-o-mine.

The 100 that looms larger is on my want list.  I am closing in on only 100 players needed, that is until April.  So let's see if anyone out there can help.

I am looking to trade for any autograph of the players listed below.  I am looking for any card, postcard or custom of the players listed below.  Personalized autographs are fine.  Even if you aren't fortunate to be named Kirk.

Let me know if you have anything to help.  I will scour all trade lists and do everything to make it work. 

Stay tuned for the list of upgrades needed in a few days.

Adair, Jerry  D
Alexander, Bob  D
Anderson, John D
Angle, Matt  
Avila, Bobby D
Bickford, Vern  D
Brideweser, Jim  D
Brock, Chris  
Brunet, George  D
Byrd, Harry  D
Carreon, Cam  D
Coleman, Rip  D
Cook, Mike  
Courtney, Clint  D
Cox, Billy  D
Cubillan, Darwin  
Davis, Eric  
de la Rosa, Francisco D
Dedrick, Jim  
Dykhoff, Radhames  
Exposito, Luis  
Finigan, Jim  D
Fisher, Tom  
Flinn, John  
Foster, Kris  
Fox, Howie  D
Freed, Roger  D
Freire, Alejandro  
Gallagher, Dave  
Garcia, Chico  D
Garcia, Luis (2002 Orioles)  
Gastall, Tom  D
Goodman, Billy  D
Green, Gene  D
Greene, Charlie  
Guerrero, Vladimir  
Guillen, Ozzie  
Gutierrez, Jackie  
Hamric, Bert  D
Hardin, Jim  D
Harris, Gene  
Heard, Jay  D
Hernandez, Leo  
Hobgood, Matt  
Jackson, Lou  D
Jefferson, Jesse D
Johns, Doug  
Johnson, Davey  
Jones, Sam  D
Kellert, Frank  D
Kinnunen, Mike  
Kirkland, Willie  
Kokos, Dick  D
Koslo, Dave  D
Lee, Derrek  
Lopez, Carlos  
Luebke, Dick  D
Mabe, Bob  D
Majeski, Hank  D
Marquis, Roger  D
Mathews, Terry D
McDonald, Jim  
McGuire, Mickey  
McLouth, Nate  
Miksis, Eddie  D
Millar, Kevin  
Miller, Bill (1955) D
Moore, Ray  D
Myers, Randy  
Narum, Buster  D
Neshek, Pat  
Nieman, Bob  D
Nixon, Donell  
Oertel, Chuck  D
Palica, Erv  D
Pardo, Al  
Peterson, Buddy  D
Pope, Dave  D
Powers, John  D
Powis, Carl  D
Reinbach, Mike  D
Rice, Del  D
Richards, Paul  D
Robles, Sergio  
Rodriguez, Vic  
Rogovin, Saul  D
Romero, J.C.  
Rowdon, Wade  
Royster, Willie  
Salmon, Chico  D
Shetrone, Barry  D
Smith, Lee  
Smith, Nate  
Socolovich, Miguel  
Sosa, Sammy  
Stephens, Vern  D
Stuart, Marlin  D
Thomas, Valmy D
Throneberry, Marv  D
Tibbs, Jay  
Trout, Dizzy  D
Waitkus, Eddie  D
Werley, George  
Wertz, Vic  D
Wiggins, Alan  D
Wilson, Jim (1948-58)  D
Wolf, Randy  
Young, Bobby  D
Zambrano, Victor  
Zaun, Gregg