Autographed postcards are in my collection for a number of different reasons...
For some players, it will be the only issue ever released that pictures them in an Orioles uniform.
As was the case with short-term catcher Greg Myers
And will likely be the case with Rapada & VandenHurk, though they still have a chance to get an O's card
Some other postcards are (hopefully) temporary placeholders until I can upgrade to signed Orioles cards...
That's Lenny Webster up top, Jason Grimsley, and Erv Palica on the bottom
Palica passed away in 1982, so his signing days are over, but he did have a few O's cards produced during his life, and I'm still hoping that one of them might turn up some day.
Webster & Grimsley are still around, although Jason seems to have crawled under a rock somewhere since he was revealed to be the informant for the Mitchell Report. I actually just added this Grimsley postcard to my collection this week, so it might take quite some time to find an actual signed Orioles card.
Every now and then, a player will include their own "postcard" when they return my TTM request.
Tom Dukes was nice enough to do just that when he returned my request last year. It's really just a picture, as opposed to a postcard, but it's in the same ballpark.
A few other postcards have stayed in my collection because they are of my (or Kalina's) favorite players.
As is the case with Wieters & Arrieta.
And then there are the extra postcards that I sometimes add at team-sponsored signings. These three are up for trade if anyone is interested...
Britton's got a beautiful autograph.
He really does, now at least. I did a post sometime in the past month that explained how his signature used to look completely different during his time in the Minors. I've never seen such a huge change in a signature.
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