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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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34 Comments on How to get a player’s autograph

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

  2. amazing

  3. 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.

  4. bobby da man // January 16, 2012 at 6:59 pm // Reply

    how do you find the football player’s address?

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

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

  7. 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.

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

  9. I got a Vernon wells card

    • i have cal ripken JR.(25)Reggie Jackson(32)Barry larken(49)(all hall of famers)and many others (16,238)

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

  11. I got a signature from kenny loften!

  12. cool person // April 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm // Reply

    You can also send letters to people in the music industry

  13. try majorleage baseball(: ):

  14. I’ve goten a autograph from a monsterjam person

  15. 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

  16. MOONMAN200 // March 8, 2011 at 10:21 am // Reply

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

  17. 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

  18. That is so cool

  19. sidney crosby rookie cark with game worn jersy signed in person

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

    • 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

  21. i got a nolan ryan auto

  22. try with rookies

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

  24. 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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