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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. #1scout says:

    I want an autograph from Tom Brady

  2. none of Ur Buisness says:

    I hgot David wrights because my freinds dad is personal freinds with him

  3. mickeymouse says:

    i want my scott sanderson signed

  4. mickeymouse says:

    i just finished sorting about 400000 cards by sport with probably 6000000000 to go.i really want my kevin garnett signed.i also want an old babe ruth card to collect.

  5. cmann1 says:

    one time i mailed a 8 by 10 to jason terry of the dallas mavs!!! (GO MAVS!!!) and he sent it back signed in like 5 months. i forgot to write a thanks card though :(

  6. hockey fan! says:

    I have a mike modona signed card (for the dallas stars),nickals backstorm signed on a stick(for the minnesota wild),mark parissh signed on a stick ( for the minnesota wild),brent burins signed on a puck (for the minnesota wild),josh harding signedon a puck(for the minnesota wild)and mikou kiovu on a stick (for the minnesota wild) PLUSE MORE!!!!!!!!

  7. bball300 says:

    I want one from bary bonds

  8. SportsFan says:

    What do you think would happen if you sent a card of their old team would they reply?

  9. jared says:

    i love baseball.i wish i got a autoghaph.

  10. nathanator says:

    I want a autograph from Adrian Peterson he’s the bomb

  11. king james says:

    i want a autograph from lebron james

  12. baseball man says:

    i have bj upton

  13. cooldude says:

    I’ve gave Brooke Bennit a high five i did not get a autograph but who care’s :]

  14. true 1 says:

    cool :)

  15. beaster456 says:

    i have a skip shumaker from the Cardinals

  16. theelsfan09 says:

    I have a sean may autograph

  17. Ben10 says:

    I got a basketball signed by lots of the Harlem Globetrotters when my pack went to their game!

  18. louisville ky says:

    I have an autographed ball signed by Pee Wee Reese

  19. Tarheelfan says:

    I also have a signed ball of the 2005 NCAA champions

  20. Tarheelfan says:

    I am a huge Carolina basketball fan so I have The entire 2009 mens basketball team’s autographs on a poster. I also have a phil ford signed picture and a Sports Illustrated Signed by Tyler hansbrough

  21. Bubbajack says:

    I mailed David Carr before this and i got mail from him on a day i was sick and it said thanks for your letter in it was a card with his AUTOGRAPH thanks for posting this tough i did it before like 3-4 years ago

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  23. big mac says:

    does anyone do autograph requests by mail?

  24. Vihan says:

    I really want some

  25. Penn State Luver says:

    I got Derrick Williams autograph

  26. royal says:

    I have the red birds mascots autograph, and bo harps, brett farve, eli manning, paten manning

    How did you get michel phelep’s autograph

  27. Dan says:

    I have Michal Phelps!

  28. hujabuga says:

    i have a roger clemens, barry bonds, and kirby puckett card

  29. iowa sweet i want brett farve says:

    hi mom

  30. twins fan says:

    i have a b.j. upton game used bat.

  31. TWINS FAN says:


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  33. A BEAST(GO METS) says:


  34. marinerfreak101 says:

    i just got a nolan ryan / barry bonds jersey card 1/1 thats worth $56,489

  35. automan says:

    i have a Mike Bibby Autographed card along with an 8 x 10 signed by Jamal Crawford of the NY Knicks.

  36. metsfan5 says:

    i have 166 babe ruth baseball cards (8 signed) 1 barry bond signed 5 david wright (1 signed) a all team signed baseball mets team and 3 baseball jerseys and 10,000 baseball cards about 1,000 are atograghed!!!!!!!!!

  37. BuffBisionsfan says:

    I have a bat and a baseball signed by all the buffalo bisons. It is so cool

  38. hotrod says:

    I like baseball.

  39. NewBoyScout143 says:

    I Have Iowa State Autographs

  40. Soulja Boy 24/7 says:

    Since spring trainning is comming. This is the best time to try to get rokies.

    Good players don’t sign.

  41. mariner1freak101 says:

    i hav 20,000 cards and 40 autographd baseballs and 1,000 jersey and autographed cards ive ben collectin card since i was 7

  42. marinerfreak101 says:

    i have a babe ruth autograph bat jersy pant 1 of 1 card beat that

  43. marinerfreak101 says:

    I have a Barry Bonds autograph

  44. Pokefan says:

    I have Aaron Harang’s (of the Cincinatti Reds) autograph. I got it for joining the Reds Heads kids club (Yes, I am a kid). It is for people 14 and under.

  45. DallasTexas41 says:

    I have the signatures of former Texas Rangers baseball players Chris Young and Rafael Palmerio. I also have 2 other Rangers atuographs but I cant recognize them

  46. peanut says:

    I really want to get Travis Hafner’s autograph. One time I went to a kent state baseball game. I wish I had 100 baseball cards. My favorite player is Travis Hafner.

    I have Barry Bonds. I only have 2006 baseball cards.

  47. NASAwannabe says:

    8-) :-) :-P ;-) :-D :-o

  48. clearwater fl says:

    i have a tampa bay lighting uniform signed from when they won the stanly cup

  49. Habs says:

    I have 70 hockey autograph’s.

  50. Derrick, Age 10, Florida says:

    I don’t have any autographs yet, but really want to do that, because I have at least 100 baseball cards and pictures of famous basketball and hockey players plastered all over my room. I have a lot of collage athlete’s autograhs, because my Dad works at a university in Florida. Pro athlete’s signatures are way harder to get, but if I could choose one, I would want best hockey player of all time, Wayne Gretskys. (Not sure if I’m spelling that right!?) He’s coaching in the pros leauge right now, but not playing anymore. I don’t have any adresses, but you can google “____ adresses, you fill in the blank with the ones you want, such as NBA (National Basketball Assoceation) NFL (National Football Leauge) or NHL (National Hockey Leauge). Also, if you want to get more specific, you can type in the name of a team or player such as: Red Sox Player Adresses, or Daniel Ernhardt Jr. adress. Thanks for the idea. :) ;) :) ;) :) ;) :) ;)

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