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Get that autograph

autograph.jpgIt’s not as easy to get an autograph in person as it was when your dad was your age.

Professional athletes today tend to keep their distance, and some will sign autographs only for money. Still, there is a way to get autographs both from current players and from players who have been retired for years: the U.S. mail.


• Go through your sports trading cards and identify a player you would like to ask for an autograph. It’s probably best to start with less well-known players, because they’re less likely to receive as many requests.

• Write a polite, friendly letter asking the player to autograph your card. Remember that athletes, like all celebrities, receive many requests from fans. Writing a thoughtful letter is key.

• If the player is still active, simply mail him your request in care of his team. Addresses for all Major League teams can be found at For retired players, most libraries will have a book or two containing player addresses. Try Jack Smalling’s “The Baseball Autograph Collector’s Handbook,” available in some libraries or at This book, updated periodically, contains more than 11,000 addresses of players, coaches and umpires.

• Once you have a player’s address, mail the letter and the card with a self-addressed stamped envelope, and be patient. It can sometimes take months to receive a reply. Good idea: Send only cards of which you have duplicates. Some players won’t respond, and you’ll never see the card again.

• When you do get a signed card back, be sure to send a thank you note.


Tell us which autographs you’ve collected and how you got them in the comments field below.

Comments about “Get that autograph”

  1. yankeeman says:

    i have a yogi berra autograph

  2. rex says:

    I got a Mark Miguire rooke and roger clemens and mike greenwell and manny ramirez and derek jeter (i wanted to burn that card but my dad said no because im a Red Sox fan, GO BOSTON) and randy jonson!

  3. rex says:

    I went to there but were does it tell tell the adress?

  4. Argool says:

    This idea is genius!

  5. ebzrwhtiger says:

    WOW AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. B Bob says:

    I have four autographs from Miami Dolphins Players and one from a NHRA Drag Racer

  7. Stefan says:

    I have my Tigers hat signed by Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and also my picture taken with him. He actually just threw a no-hitter on my birthday, yesterday. He was a great guy, I’ll always be rooting for him.


  8. danman says:

    does anyone have racecar drivers adress

  9. danman says:

    does anybody have racing autograph

  10. danman says:

    I have Hut Stricklin’s autograph i found it he’s a racecar driver.I met barney hall and got his and keven harvick and greg biffle and jeff burton’s autograph

  11. Dedropedro says:



  12. jedi_master says:

    YEAH RIGHT! A Babe Ruth Rookie autograph! I REPEAT: YEAH RIGHT!

  13. dhappjr says:


  14. will says:

    i have a henrik lundqvist autograph

  15. AutographsRCool says:

    Neat! I have Jim Tressel, Yadier Molina, Jim Lachey, Tony LaRussa, and Archie Griffin’s autograph. Just like the “Hobby Hows” said, I sent each of them a letter with a SASE and a request. I was polite in the letter and tried to be patient for the letters to arrive back. It was really exciting when each one did. Has anyone out there ever gotten Barry Bond’s autograph? :-0

  16. Baseball boy says:

    I have a card ball singed by Babe Ruth!

  17. Dude1234567890 says:


  18. Dude1234567890 says:

    I have a babe ruth autograpehd rookie card

    Just kiddin

  19. donkrylord says:

    I have a bert blyleven micheal cuddyer nolan ryan harmon killebrew scott erickson jason tyner and babe ruthe autographs

  20. scout949 says:

    I have signed Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon rookie cards worth $900 a pop.

  21. Galactic Marine says:

    He says to write a thoughtful letter, but doesn’t tell you how!

  22. NY GIANTS ROCK says:

    I have Tiki Barber, Joe Morris,Charles Way,Willie Pondor,Sparky Lyle baseball, and Alex Smith jersey card bucs.

  23. Dude1234567890 says:

    oh yeah? i have a john smoltz autographed baseball that I got from Sid bream,

    And a Randy johnson rookie card, a Manny ramerez rookie card, barry bonds rookie,

    john smoltz rookie, Curt schilling rookie,a 1981 Phil Neciro. beat that!!!!!

  24. blahhh says:

    where can you find the wizards address?

  25. Kosher scout says:

    I have (not autographed) 2 Roger clemens cards, both vintage,Cesar Itzuris NL Rawlings golden glove card, Barry Bond, Ivan Rodriguez, Wade Bogs,Jason Bay rookie of 2004,Vernon Wells Al Rawlings golden glove card, And Golden 54 years of collecting Aramis Ramirez Card!!!! P.S. some of them are topps (not THAT rare) and a couple of these are The Franchise,Score and Donrus!

  26. hi says:

    i have one of babe ruth!!!

    my grand dad got it from him because they were great friends

  27. only someone as cool as NIVEK says:

    I have jackie robinson, babe ruth, and lou gehrig

  28. 1302Bear says:

    I have collected 25 Hockey Hall of Famers, 25 Football Hall of Famers, and 40 Baseball Hall of Famers. I have met: Johnny Unitas, Magic Johnson, Jaromir Jagr, Gordie Howe, Y.A. Tittle, Larry Doby, Rollie, Fingers, Goose Gossage, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Cal Ripken, Sergei Federov, Lem Barney, Eddie Matthews, Scottie Bowman, Phil Esposito, Tony Esposito, Ted Lindsay, Guy LaFleur,Dale Hawrechuck,Marcel Dionne, Craig Monroe, Placido Polanco, Bob Feller, Ralph Kiner, Brooks Robinson, Boog Powell, Earl Weaver, Bob Gibson, and many more that slip my mind!

  29. oh yea?! well i have...... says:

    i have a kobe bryant atograph. it also has the whole laker team on it. yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  30. whizzey says:

    I got a Jackie Robinson Autograph Card…. I know you’re jealous…

  31. jack says:

    ortiz. manny, yaz, ted williams, clemens

  32. redice says:

    I have a mickey mantle! $ and a genuine one with calvin

  33. Shaggy says:

    I Have a Hank Aaron 1965 topps

  34. danon9 says:


  35. danon9 says:

    I never though you could

  36. yo yo yo says:

    i have nate robinson, bradon inge, justin verlander, vance wilson, jole zumia, placio polonco, craig monroe, chris shelton, jim leland and i really want maglio ordoyez and

    PUDGE RODRGUEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. chuck says:

    i have a andrew jones autograph.

  38. MOD_Man_1 says:


    I have a collection of autographs that numbers over 500 signatures. I have baseball players like Barry Bonds, Nolan Ryan, and Cal Ripkin Jr. I also have Football players like Joe Montana, Troy Aikman, Walter Payton, and Jimmy Johnson. With over 500 autographs, you can imagine the list is long, here are a few other big names I have, Ginger Rogers (Movie Star), Eric Lindros (Hockey), Doug Bradley (Movie Star), Oliver North (Politics), David Lee Roth (Rock Star), Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager), Stan Lee (Comic Book GOD) and the list goes on and on… All of my autographs were obtained in person or in the case of a few sports cards, I pulled them from retail packs. I do encourage everyone to at least try to contact the star that you want an autograph from, you may get lucky and get it… Best of luck…

    BTW, I am a proud father of a current Bear Scout!!!

  39. Dude1234567890 says:

    I have a card worth 10$ my friend has one worth 15$

  40. hoegy says:

    can it be NASCAR cards?

  41. JOE says:

    I have a Rick DiPietro, and an Alexi Yashin autographed New York Islanders Jersey.I realy want to get Denis Potvin’s and Billy Smith’s autograph.They don’t play now, but are legends in the Islanders history.

  42. jhgdujnd says:

    i have hahnah montans autograph he he he he

  43. says:

    Sure thing, Mike. You can use these tips with any cards. For current NFL players, write them in care of their teams. Find addresses at

  44. spider man says:

    I want two of arods cards

  45. Mike says:

    Can it be football cards to?

  46. Monky Man says:

    Ask Him if you can have his autograph. Then tell him that you are his NUMBER ONE FAN. Then of course tell him you ROCK.

  47. dude says:

    I have a sid bream card that is auto graphes

  48. Rex says:

    The only atograph I want is a Manny Ramirez card, and he is the beast on his team!

  49. Blackshadow101 says:

    I have a david eckstien card because he lived next to my grand parents.

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