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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?

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

12 Comments on How to Get a Player’s Autograph

  1. I wrote a letter to Roddy White about 3 weeks ago asking for his autograph (I sent a picture for him to sign along with a self-addressed stamped envelope) and I haven’t gotten a response yet.

  2. I went to a beatles tribute and the band sighned my flyer.

  3. Anonymous // May 16, 2010 at 3:28 pm // Reply

    I have three balls signed by the whole Blue Jays team, A signed hockey stick by Keith Tkachuk a bunch of signed BASEBALLS FROM THE WINNIPEG GOLDEYES ANOTHER ministick signed by three Manitoba Moose players a card and a football signed by Glenn January A signed picture by Dale Lindsey and an autographed picture of Chris Pronger

  4. Red Sox Rock // May 13, 2010 at 8:43 pm // Reply

    I have a Bronson Arroyo,Chipper Jones and Eli Manning’s autograph’s. I got them all through the mail.

  5. Social Security Recipient 216 // May 3, 2010 at 6:07 pm // Reply

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

  6. Hiking Over the hill and around the lake 841 // May 2, 2010 at 6:30 pm // Reply

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

  7. Patrol Leader, Balsam Fir Tree Patrol, Troop 742 // May 2, 2010 at 6:23 pm // Reply

    A friend of mine showed me a baseball card that was autographed by Tim Nordbrook when he was a member of the Baltimore Orioles Professional Baseball Team. A friend of mine also showed me a baseball card and a baseball that was autographed by Ken Singleton when he played for the Baltimore Orioles Professional Baseball Team. Both players have since long retired from playing baseball for the Baltimore Orioles Professional Baseball Team.

  8. Patrol Leader, Balsam Fir Patrol, Troop 350 // April 23, 2010 at 5:59 pm // Reply

    A friend of mine showed me a photograph autographed by Johnny Unitas. A friend of mine showed me a football that was autographed by Johnny Unitas and all of the members of the Baltimore Colts Professional Football Team when Johnny Unitas was one of the several quarterbacks that played on the Baltimore Colts Professional Football Team.

  9. i am trying to get one from Obama

  10. Troop Historian, Troop 375 // April 17, 2010 at 2:27 pm // Reply

    I have an autographed photograph of Denzel Washington. A friend of mine showed me a football autographed by all of the members of the Baltimore Ravens Professional Football Team which won the Super Bowl in 2000.

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