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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.

10 Comments on How to Get a Player’s Autograph

  1. i got a autographed poicture of ichero this way

  2. my favorite baseball team is the yankees

  3. i have a piece of Chase Utley’s jersy, and Mark Thmes autograph

  4. I sent a letter to President Obama and I got an autograghed picture
    of him two months later it was awesome:)

  5. Girl Scouts of America and 4-H Member // June 13, 2010 at 4:35 pm // Reply

    A friend of mine showed me a photograph and baseball bat that was autographed by Willie Mays when he played baseball in the American League Professional Baseball League. It’s neat. It probably isn’t worth much of anything and there probably isn’t a large demand for the autographed photograph since Willie Mays retired from professional baseball several years ago.

  6. Boy Scouts of America and 4-H Member // June 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm // Reply

    I have a really nice photograph that is autographed by all of the County Fair Princesses and the County Fair Queen of our local County Fair. It’s one of my most favorite photographs.

  7. Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge Requirement #6 Completion // June 3, 2010 at 8:05 am // Reply

    I have a really nice letter autographed by Barbara Mikulski, United States Senator from the State of Maryland that states that “in response to my request, she was pleased to forward me a copy of United States Public Law #109-366 ‘Military Commissions Act of 2006’ which is a copy of a piece of landmark legislation that will be great to show my merit badge counselor as well as for some homework assignments for my social studies class in school. The public law is over fifteen pages in length and quite alot of reading.

  8. Awsome

  9. i got a autograph from obama!!!!! soo cool!

  10. I got an autograph from 2001 homerun derby winner LUIS GONZALEZ.

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