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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.

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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 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.

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What Autographs Do You Have?

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28 Comments on How to get a player’s autograph

  1. I think I wil try it.

  2. Baseball Card Boy // March 25, 2010 at 5:39 pm // Reply

    I just recently recieved Curtis Granderson as a New York Yankee. It took him only 15 days to sign. I also have Mariano Rivera, Mark Martin (NASCAR), Glen Perkins (MLB), Tom Johnson (MLB.

  3. Out of Print Boy Scout Handbook 514 // March 23, 2010 at 12:53 pm // Reply

    I have an Eagle Scout Congratulatory Postcard (Note Card) that was autographed by President Herbert Hoover and presented to an Eagle Scout at an Eagle Scout National Court of Honor to someone who earned the rank of Eagle Scout when Herbert Hoover was President of the United States of America.

  4. I have one football autographed by all of the members of the Green Bay Packers Professional Football Team and I have one football autographed by all of the members of the Minnesota Vikings Professional Football Team. Hopefully, these footballs will be worth something in the future.

  5. meeeeeeeeee // March 15, 2010 at 1:56 pm // Reply

    still easy at shorebirds all you do is go to the home side and stick your ball down

  6. Schlemmster // March 14, 2010 at 10:46 am // Reply

    i have a derek jeter rookie card

  7. Creaking Camp Stool 732 // March 10, 2010 at 6:53 pm // Reply

    I have an Eagle Scout Congratulatory Postcard (Note Card) that was autographed by President Richard Nixon and presented to an Eagle Scout at an Eagle Scout National Court of Honor to someone who earned the rank of Eagle Scout when President Richard Nixon was President of the United States.

  8. Me and You and Everyone We Know 350 // February 25, 2010 at 6:25 pm // Reply

    I have an Eagle Scout Congratulatory Postcard (Notecard) that is autographed by President Barack Obama and presented to an Eagle Scout at an Eagle Scout National Court of Honor to someone who earned the rank of Eagle Scout when President Barack Obama was President of the United States.

  9. Still Hiking and Hiking 201 // February 19, 2010 at 4:17 pm // Reply

    I have an Eagle Scout Congratulory Postcard (Notecard) that was autographed by President George H. W. Bush and was presented to an Eagle Scout at an Eagle Scout Award National Court of Honor to someone who earned the rank of Eagle Scout when President George H. W. Bush was President of the United States of America.

  10. Second Class Scout, Troop 825 // February 19, 2010 at 6:49 am // Reply

    I have a photograph autographed by Michael Phelps, Olympic medalist in the swimming events of the Summer Olympics that were held in Beijing, China.

  11. Second Class Scout, Troop 548 // February 18, 2010 at 3:26 pm // Reply

    A friend of mine showed me a baseball that was autographed by Eddie Murray before he was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

  12. Second Class Scout, Troop 541 // February 7, 2010 at 6:22 am // Reply

    I have an autographed photograph signed from the entire cast of the Television Show “Law and Order” and also I have an autographed photograph signed from the entire cast of the Television Show “Weeds”. They are my favorite television shows. I have the DVD set of Law and Order Television Show for all nine seasons and the DVD for the Weeds Television Show for five seasons. These are really great television shows. Hopefully, these autographed photographs will be really great collectible items in the future.

  13. coo-coo-bird // February 5, 2010 at 10:43 am // Reply

    I also wrote to Laura Bush when she was first lady and got a nice reply back and lots of photos of the White House.

  14. coo-coo-bird // February 5, 2010 at 10:41 am // Reply

    I have a special hat that was signed by all of the Greensboro Grasshoppers (minor league baseball team) after a baseball camp with the players in 2008. Everyone at he camp got a sheet of uncut baseball cards and the players signed their photos.

  15. Go Getter 378 // January 16, 2010 at 4:54 am // Reply

    A friend of mine showed me a basketball that had the autographs of all of the members of the Harlem Globetrotters Professional Basketball Team.

  16. A friend of mine has shown me an autographed photograph of Bob Hope in his golf course uniform. He received the autographed photograph several years before Bob Hope died at the age of 100 years old in the 1990’s.

    • The Person you don't know // January 11, 2010 at 5:28 pm // Reply

      I have a football from a indor arena football league that I caught from a kick the went really high. I jumped of my seat and caught it and got it autographed by the whole team. I was the person of the game because I caught the football and they put the cameras on me

  17. i have an autograph of alex rodriquez

  18. I almost got Marlon Bird but the guard told us to go away the game was about to start

  19. I started doing this about 3 years ago. I have some from Alex Rodriguez, Jim Thome, Hank Blalock, and Matt Tuiasosopo

    • love the tips! tried and am waiting for a response. also, sometimes in certain parks, like the LI Ducks, if you get there early, they line up in the dugout, and sign autographs. sure its minor, but its good to know if your planning on going and better than nothing

  20. baseballfanjoshua // November 20, 2009 at 4:44 pm // Reply

    I’m thinking of getting Chipper Jone’s autograph

  21. I got one from Hanley Ramirez and Cody Ross on the Marlins over vacation. But I live in MA so I have David Ortiz, Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Jason Varitek, Jacoby Ellsbury and I HATE the Yankees but Derek Jeter is a good player so I mailed him a request and got an autograph like 5-7 months later.

  22. trainlover72 // August 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm // Reply

    I got a autograph from Bengie Molina, my favorite catcher on the SF giants, from just bieng patient, and reading this collum. You should @ least try!!!

  23. Eagle Scout // August 26, 2009 at 2:19 pm // Reply

    I think this is a very good idea and might try it ^^

  24. PWD Enthusiast // August 22, 2009 at 5:05 pm // Reply

    This is how i got several autograph’s from Don murphy, I found his mailing card for his book Pinewood. And with the order card i wrote a small letter. telling hem how much i enjoy the pinewood derby! I also sent my pinewood derby car with this!! Surprise when his book pinewood and my pinewood derby car were autographed! Some times all’s it takes is a letter with your autograph!

  25. I have two balls signed by Jamie Moyer. You just have to be patient and make sure to call them by their last name ( it shows respect)

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