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How to get a player’s autograph

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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.

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 mlb.com. 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 baseballaddresses.com. 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.

What Autographs Do You Have?

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

223 Comments on How to get a player’s autograph

  1. i have a yogi berra autograph

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

  4. This idea is genius!

  5. ebzrwhtiger // June 28, 2007 at 12:02 pm // Reply

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

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

  7. 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.

    GO TIGERS

  8. does anyone have racecar drivers adress

  9. does anybody have racing autograph

  10. 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

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