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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. BAMA/SAINTS says:

    About how long does it take to get it back?

  2. First Class Scout, Appalachian Mountains' Vampire Bat Patrol, Troop 700 says:

    Hurray! The San Francisco Giants won the 2014 World Series against the Kansas City Royals in seven (7) games. The 2012 World Series Champions are also the 2014 World Series Champions in all of Major League Baseball. Hurray! I have a baseball that is autographed by all of the members of the 2012 San Francisco Giants and I have ticket stubs to Games #1,3,4,5,and 7 of the 2014 World Series. Go San Francisco Giants!!!! What a really great baseball team in Major League Baseball. I can’t wait for Spring Training to begin for the 2015 Major League Baseball Season.

  3. hawk23 says:

    I have a real Babe Ruth rookie card!!! I found it in a old book at Goodwill

  4. gport305 says:

    i got a tim harris (former packer and 49er) autograph for free

  5. blackwolf says:

    I have 6 2006 rookie cards that are autographed, including Chris Roberson, Tom Gorzelanny, and Renyel Pinto.

  6. guy says:

    Larry bird, Hideki Okejima, Brad Marchand, cam neely and a basketball signed by the worst celtics team

  7. frontiersmen says:

    I have Larry Birds autograph

  8. dhfbhddddb says:

    i got an autograph fom Mike d’antoni(old coach of the Knicks and current coach of the lakers) my sister was his son’s girlfriend.

  9. harrypotter says:

    I went to a padres game and got Chase Headley to sign my ball, but the mailing thing is a really good idea.

  10. super says:

    how do you find the address?

  11. awsome 45 says:

    I am going to get mine signed by the whole Chicago bulls team!!

  12. datautoguy says:

    Wow, that worked. I got an entire Columbus Crew signed jersey and a Kyrie Irving. Thanks!

  13. Mr.Man says:

    I got a Derek Jeter signed baseball,Yogi Berra,Don Larson,Rudy Guiliani,and other stuff.

  14. ryguy31 says:

    I have two cards signed by Clide Drexler he played for the blazers and went to the olympics!

  15. padresfan says:

    I sent Padres pitcher Brad Brach a letter, and he sent me back a signed baseball card. I was so excited! Good luck to all of you guys :D

  16. First Class Scout, American Bison Patrol, Troop 550 says:

    I have ticket stubs from both Game #2 and Game #3 of the 2012 World Series. It was really great to be able to watch both the Detroit Tigers and the San Francisco Giants play baseball. I have a baseball that is autographed by the San Francisco Giants. I have a baseball glove that is signed by all of the players of the 2012 Detroit Tigers. Hopefully, I will be able to attend future baseball games in the future World Series baseball games.

  17. Hurricane Sandy (Category 1 Hurricane) (October, 2012) says:

    I have a baseball bat that is autographed by all of the players of the 2012 Detroit Tigers. They are an awesome baseball team. Too bad that they lost to the San Francisco Giants during the 2012 World Series during October of 2012.

  18. harper 34 says:

    i have yogi berra, dan merino,andre reed,pete rose, steve novack, tyson chandler,rickey fowler, andre reed,jim bowhein alfreado acevas, jim kaat and many more

  19. Hurricane Sandy (Category 1 Hurricane) (October, 2012) says:

    I have a baseball bat that is autographed by all of the members of the San Francisco Giants. I have a basketball that is autographed by all of the members of the Miami Heat Basketball Team.

  20. DaffedDuck says:

    I have over 650 signed cards

  21. super says:

    I have a Tony Dorsett’s autograph

  22. Trade Movie Released in 2007 (October of 2012) says:

    I have a baseball that is autographed by all of the baseball players of the Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball Team. I also have a baseball bat that is signed by all of the players of the Atlanta Braves Baseball Team.

  23. Broncoboy#2 says:

    I have the whole Utah Jazz team autograph and john elway FAMOS football player

  24. Hesher, July, 2012 says:

    I have an Olympic Program event program pamphlet that is autographed by all of the members of the United States Olympic Team. They are really great athletes and really great goodwill ambassadors of the United States of America when they represent the United States of America at the Olympics.

  25. tman says:

    I am sendig mine to David Ortiz. aka ”Big Papa”

  26. qewfqew says:


  27. Anonymous says:

    I have over 20 Signed basebal cards.
    I just go to a lot of the games and wait for the players to come and sign autos.

  28. bobby da man says:

    how do you find the football player’s address?

  29. jake48154 says:

    That sounds impeccable to do with retired players who could simply be forgotten

  30. sfballa501 says:

    Hoping to get Calvin Johnson, Matt Stafford, Nate Burleson and Ndamukong Suh when they come to play the Raiders

  31. luckyguy23 says:

    I was stuck in the hospital for a while and my dad’s boss sent me a cardinals cardinal care package with an authentic ALBERT PUJOLS AUTOGRAPH he got for me himself.

  32. pedro says:

    I am going to mail a letter to daniel radcliffe who plays harry potter

  33. Cj says:

    I got a Vernon wells card

  34. kewl kid says:

    i got babe ruth signed baseball i got it from my dad he was a big fan

  35. ?????? says:

    I got a signature from kenny loften!

  36. cool person says:

    You can also send letters to people in the music industry

  37. Furno88 says:

    try majorleage baseball(: ):

  38. Furno88 says:

    I’ve goten a autograph from a monsterjam person

  39. bb says:

    i think it would be really cool to do this. I bet that baseball and foot ball players don’t get alot of mail during the off season so i will try for david ortiz, and a willie mays even if he doesnt play anymore

  40. MOONMAN200 says:

    I’m so gonna get an autograph from a CELEBRATY!!!!!!!!(i just don’t know who….)(:

  41. M@yfirst says:

    my little brother caught a home run baseball and had the player who hit it sign it, but I forget the player and it was a minor league player

  42. Anonymous says:

    That is so cool

  43. canada eh says:

    sidney crosby rookie cark with game worn jersy signed in person

  44. JDAWG says:

    i sent a drew brees card in 2010 and it still hasn’t come back yet

    • link says:

      I sent in a Aaron rodgers card to green bay in 2010 and haven’t got it back. I guess that you have to see them at a game

  45. lanodn says:

    i got a nolan ryan auto

  46. dj says:

    try with rookies

  47. me says:

    i have 1 of carlos gomezes batting gloves and a baseball signed by miachel cuddyer and punto

  48. SpeedyG006 says:

    I entered a contest in some random magazine and got a BABE RUTH SIGNATURE, A LOU GEHRIC SIGNATURE, MICKEY MANTLE SIGNATURE, AND A REGGIE JACKSON SIGNATURE!!!!!!! THANK YOU MAGAZINE!!!!!!!!!!! (whichever one it was….)

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