Monday, August 9, 2010
My Experience at the National-Brought to You By Drungo Hazewood
Drungo played in only 6 games for the O's during the final month of the 1980 season and had 5 at-bats, going 0-5 with 4 strikeouts and a run scored. He tore the cover off the ball during spring training in 1980, hitting at a .583 clip and Earl Weaver felt bad that he had to cut a player who was hitting that well, but there just wasn't a roster spot for Drungo at that time. In the Minor Leagues, he hit a bunch of homers, but also struck out a lot as he had trouble hitting breaking pitches.
Moving on to my impression of the National, it was flat out amazing, and actually overwhelming at times. There were hundreds of dealers who were selling almost anything sports related item that you could dream of. If I had an unlimited budget, I could have purchased some truly one-of-a-kind Orioles memorbilia. Since that's not the case, I focused on Orioles autographs. Surprising, right?
I came across a few dealers who were right up my alley, specifically, the one who had this Drungo card. I bought a few signed Crown cards from him, and plan on staying in touch with him for other hard to get O's autographs. There were probably 5-6 other dealers who specialized in non-certified signed cards that I also focused on. I have a pretty good idea what many former Orioles' autographs look like, so it serves as a decent barometer for what's legit or not. Luckily, all of the autograph dealers I came across seem like they were selling authentic autographs. All told, I added 13 autographs and upgraded another 5 to Orioles cards. I will be posting them all here over the next few weeks.