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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 EVERY TWINS PLAYER EXCEPT MIKE LAMB.

  2. I LIKE BASEBALL

  3. A BEAST(GO METS) // June 28, 2008 at 10:22 am // Reply

    I HAVE SIGNATURES OF JOHAN SANTANA, DAVID WRIGHT, OLIVER PEREZ, LUIS CASTILLO, AND LAST YEAR I GOT CARLOS GOMEZ, AND TOM GLAVINE. DOES ANYONE HAVE CARLOS BELTRAN AND JOSE REYES?????

  4. marinerfreak101 // June 19, 2008 at 5:02 pm // Reply

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

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

  6. 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!!!!!!!!!

  7. BuffBisionsfan // April 1, 2008 at 5:41 pm // Reply

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

  8. I like baseball.

  9. NewBoyScout143 // February 16, 2008 at 11:57 am // Reply

    I Have Iowa State Autographs

  10. Soulja Boy 24/7 // February 13, 2008 at 5:21 pm // Reply

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

    Good players don’t sign.

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