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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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What Autographs Do You Have?

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13 Comments on How to Get a Player’s Autograph

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

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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)

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

  6. I got a signature from kenny loften!

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

    You can also send letters to people in the music industry

  8. try majorleage baseball(: ):

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

  10. 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

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