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Baltimore Orioles Collecting and Fan Guide

Baltimore Orioles

Franchise Founded: 1894
Championships: 3
Team Collectibility Rating: 7.5


Overview

Although the organization suffered through some down times in last few decades, the Baltimore Orioles have amassed three World Series titles and look to be on the way back to the top. Over the years the franchise has fielded some iconic names in baseball and have built their current roster with plenty of young talent. This has made Baltimore an appealing hobby option for fans and collectors.

The Baltimore Orioles organization dates back to 1954 when they took up residence in Memorial Stadium. However, the roots of the club can actually be traced to 1894. They played one season as the Milwaukee Brewers before moving to St. Louis and playing for 52 years as the St. Louis Browns. In 1953, multiple business entities in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, formed an ownership group. They successfully purchased the team, moved them to Baltimore and renamed the team after Maryland's state bird, the oriole.

The foundation of the organization was quickly laid with an emphasis on fundamental baseball skills. Known as the "Oriole Way," the team's management instituted a policy of developing young talent with a sound understanding and refinement of basic skills. This ran contrary to the league norm of rushing promising talent to the big leagues as quickly as possible.

As a result of this organization-wide philosophy, the Orioles have successfully produced several Rookie of the Year award recipients, including Ron Hanson (1960), Curt Blefary (1965), Al Bumbry (1973), Eddie Murray (1977), Cal Ripken Jr. (1982) and Gregg Olsen (1989).

By 1960, the team was becoming a routine pennant contender. Finally, in 1966, all of these club attributes proved a success when the Orioles won their first World Series championship. Not resting on their laurels, the team maintained its competitiveness and won another title in 1970.

The Orioles perfected the concept of the "Oriole Way" by stocking their farm system with young talent. The players were taught every aspect of the game, in the exact same way and manner. This made roster replacements due to injury, trades or free agency a seamless process for the managers and coaches at the big league level.

In 1982, the son of longtime Orioles' organization coach, Cal Ripken, joined the team. Cal Ripken Jr. would add to the team's list of Rookie of the Year winners and help the team capture their third World Series title the following year. Ripken Jr. went on to break the consecutive games played streak held by Lou Gehrig that was widely believed to be unbreakable.

While the team has not seen much postseason success since that 1983 title, the organization is returning to a place of respectability in the highly competitive A.L. East. Bolstered by a roster of young talent, Orioles fans are poised to enjoy a competitive team for years to come.

Collectors have plenty of options when it comes to merchandise and collectibles for the Baltimore Orioles. Using the tabs above, check out the top Orioles' players to collect, top merchandise and jersey options, autograph guide, game tickets and the most watched Baltimore Orioles cards and memorabilia on eBay.

TTM AutographsBaltimore Orioles TTM

Another option for collectors looking to get autographs is TTM or "Through the Mail." A complete guide to the process can be seen here: How to Get (Almost) Free Autographs Through the Mail.

Although the results are never guaranteed, Orioles' fans looking to take advantage of this can try their luck with current players and coaches using the following address:

"Insert Specific Player/Coach/Executive"
c/o Baltimore Orioles
333 W Camden St
Baltimore, MD 21201

Top eBay Listings

Baltimore Orioles 47 Brand Realtree Camo Clean Up Slouch Adjustable Hat Cap
$15.39

Baltimore Orioles T-shirt #8 Ripken
$9.72

'47 Brand Baltimore Orioles T-shirt, Shirt, BNWT, Size Small, Gray, Brand New
$14.99

Baltimore Orioles 1987 Scorebook Dave Schmidt Terry Kennedy Ray Knight Burleson
$16.50

New Men's Baltimore Orioles New Era Military Black Adjustable Cap
$12.74

2005 Winning Streak Baltimore Orioles MLB Genuine Wool Blend Baseball Pennant
$29.95

Vintage Baltimore Orioles MLB Major League Baseball Genuine M148 Bat Tie 1987
$10.97

MLB MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL LUGGAGE TAG TRAVEL SUIT CASE YOU PICK TEAM
$6.95

Baltimore Orioles Majestic Youth Our Team Pullover Fleece Crew Sweatshirts
$39.99

Baltimore Orioles Majestic Youth Our Team Pullover Fleece Crew Sweatshirts
$39.99

Baltimore Orioles Majestic Youth Our Team Pullover Fleece Crew Sweatshirts
$39.99

New Era 9Fifty Original Fit Baltimore Orioles Strapback BRAND NEW hat cap MLB
$27.00

Baltimore Orioles Majestic Men's M Cool Base Crew Neck Replica Jersey Shirt
$9.89

NEW Sz S-6XL White Baltimore Orioles 100% Cotton #80I MENS Polo Shirt
$32.99

NEW Sz S-6XL White Baltimore Orioles 100% Cotton #80I MENS Polo Shirt
$32.99

NEW Sz S-6XL White Baltimore Orioles 100% Cotton #80I MENS Polo Shirt
$32.99
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Fan Gear

Baltimore Orioles Jerseys & Gear Guide

Looking for something to support your team? There are tons of options for Baltimore Orioles' fans across all budgets. Normal retail price ranges are noted when available. View a complete breakdown of the jersey options using our detailed MLB jersey guide.

Baltimore Orioles Jersey Guide

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Baltimore Orioles T-Shirts & Hats

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Top eBay Listings

New Era 9Fifty Original Fit Baltimore Orioles Strapback BRAND NEW hat cap MLB
$27.00

Baltimore Orioles Dooney & Bourke White Hobo
$218.00

Baltimore Orioles New Era 9forty Baseball Cap Genuine 6 Panel Adjustable MLB Hat
$24.05

Nike Baltimore Orioles Memorial Day Shirt Black Orioles Cotton Flag $26 Mens M L
$20.68

Nike Baltimore Orioles Memorial Day Shirt Black Orioles Cotton Flag $26 Mens M L
$20.68

New Era MLB Baltimore Orioles Black On black Snapback Cap 9fifty Limited Edition
$56.19

Youth SZ XL Baltimore Orioles Printed T-Shirt Orange MLB
$5.99

Baltimore Orioles American needle 7 1 4 Fitted Hat-BO1532
$24.95

Baltimore Orioles American needle 7 1 4 Fitted Hat-BO1532
$24.95

MAJESTIC AUTHENTIC COLLECTION T SHIRT BALTIMORE ORIOLES BASEBALL MENS SIZE 2 XL
$10.00

ADULT T SHIRT PROPERTY OF BALTIMORE ORIOLES EST. 1954 # 34 ARIETTA ORANGE SZ XL
$10.00

Victoria's Secret PINK MLB Collection Baltimore Orioles Hoodie L NWT $59.95
$39.99

TEAM ATHLETICS #T2490 Youth Boy Size XL BALTIMORE ORIOLES BASEBALL Gray Shirt
$9.56

New Era 59Fifty Hat Cap Baltimore Orioles Cooperstown Collection Size 7 3 8
$19.99

KLEW MLB Baseball Men's Baltimore Orioles Rugby Diagonal Stripe Polo Shirt
$24.95

KLEW MLB Baseball Men's Baltimore Orioles Rugby Diagonal Stripe Polo Shirt
$24.95
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Cards

Baltimore Orioles Baseball Card Guide

The Baltimore Orioles present a strong number of card options for collectors. View cards for the top former and current members of the Orioles below.

Top Former Players & Coaches

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Other All-Time Great Baltimore Orioles

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Dave Nicholson, Pete Ward, Ron Hansen, Milt Pappas, Jerry Adair, Steve Barber, Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar, Pat Dobson, Earl Weaver, Tippy Martinez, Rick Dempsey, Steve Stone, Ken Singleton, Mike Flanagan, Roberto Alomar, Sammy Sosa, Javy Lopez, Rafael Palmeiro, Mike Mussina

Top Current Players & Prospects

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Autographs

Baltimore Orioles Autograph Guide

When shopping for autographed items, it is highly recommended to only purchased signed pieces that have been authenticated by a reputable company. Top options include PSA, JSA, Mounted Memories, UDA, Panini Authentic and Tristar.

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Signed Baltimore Orioles Photographs

Baltimore Orioles Team Signed Photo

Signed Baltimore Orioles Jerseys

Baltimore Orioles Team Signed Jersey

Signed Baltimore Orioles Balls

Baltimore Orioles Team Signed Balls

Signed Baltimore Orioles Bats

Baltimore Orioles Team Signed Bat

Top eBay Listings

Rafael Palmeiro Signed AL Baseball - JSA
$45.00

Miguel Tejada Signed ML Baseball - JSA
$23.00

Cal Ripken Jr & Billy Ripken Signed Book - PSA DNA
$49.00

Cal Ripken Jr Signed Book - PSA DNA
$39.00

JONATHAN SCHOOP BALTIMORE ORIOLES SIGNED AUTOGRAPH RAWLINGS BASEBALL BAT JSA COA
$99.99

Eddie Murray Signed Louisville Slugger Mini Baseball Bat - PSA DNA
$99.00

Brooks Robinson Signed Perez Steele G.M. - PSA DNA
$40.00

Jim Palmer HOF 1990 Signed Louisville Slugger Mini Baseball Bat - PSA DNA
$49.00

Brooks Robinson Signed Perez Steele G.M. - Beckett BAS
$25.00

2000 Topps #103 Brady Anderson Slabbed Auto Signed Card BAS Beckett Authentic
$24.99

1998 Stadium Club #188 Brady Anderson Slabbed Auto Signed Card BAS Beckett
$24.99

Brooks Robinson Framed Jersey Signed JSA COA Autographed Baltimore Orioles
$719.99

Jim Palmer Hand Signed Autographed Major League Baseball Orioles PSA DNA 1A00199
$59.99

JOEY RICKARD HAND SIGNED BALTIMORE ORIOLES LOGO BASEBALL HOME PLATE COA
$41.24

Bled* CAL RIPKEN JR Signed #8 2131 MLB Baseball - ORIOLES + MLB Holo IRONMAN
$49.99

CAL RIPKEN JR AUTOGRAPHED JSA COA MINI HELMET SIGNED ORIOLES WITH STAND
$159.99
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Tickets

Baltimore Orioles Game Tickets

If you are looking for tickets to see the Baltimore Orioles play, it might be an overwhelming experience. Luckily for fans, MLB teams play a ton of games, all over the country. After selecting a specific game, the first thing to decide is how much you want to spend and where you want to sit in the stadium.

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From there, it can get messy given all the choices for purchasing tickets. With that in mind, we have complied the best options for buying tickets. Simply follow the links below to each ticket source for available Baltimore Orioles tickets. Be aware that the MLB regular season basically runs from April to the end of September. The playoffs continue until late October.

Hot List

Baltimore Orioles Hot List

Check out the most watched Baltimore Orioles cards, gear and memorabilia on eBay. The guide is constantly updated with real-time information, so bookmark this page for future reference.

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More Info

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Rob is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff and co-host of Cardboard Connection Radio.He is an avid collector with over 20 years of active experience in the hobby.

User Comments

  1. I am looking for the 2014 team photo of Baltimore Orioles. My brother collects them but i can’t find anyting online. Can you help me?
    thank you !

  2. Cathy Dimartino You may want to try giving the team a call or writing them a letter. Sometimes they have them.

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