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How to get a player’s autograph


It’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.

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Here’s How:

• 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.

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10 Comments on How to get a player’s autograph

  1. Dedropedro // June 4, 2007 at 8:04 am // Reply



  2. jedi_master // June 2, 2007 at 5:20 pm // Reply

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

  3. Sweet!

  4. i have a henrik lundqvist autograph

  5. AutographsRCool // May 19, 2007 at 3:39 pm // Reply

    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

  6. Baseball boy // May 16, 2007 at 6:11 pm // Reply

    I have a card ball singed by Babe Ruth!

  7. Dude1234567890 // May 13, 2007 at 9:04 am // Reply


  8. Dude1234567890 // May 11, 2007 at 5:33 pm // Reply

    I have a babe ruth autograpehd rookie card

    Just kiddin

  9. donkrylord // May 11, 2007 at 3:46 pm // Reply

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

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