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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?

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 have over 650 signed cards

  2. I have a Tony Dorsett’s autograph

  3. Trade Movie Released in 2007 (October of 2012) // October 1, 2012 at 6:23 pm // Reply

    I have a baseball that is autographed by all of the baseball players of the Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball Team. I also have a baseball bat that is signed by all of the players of the Atlanta Braves Baseball Team.

  4. Broncoboy#2 // August 20, 2012 at 8:25 pm // Reply

    I have the whole Utah Jazz team autograph and john elway FAMOS football player

  5. Hesher, July, 2012 // July 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm // Reply

    I have an Olympic Program event program pamphlet that is autographed by all of the members of the United States Olympic Team. They are really great athletes and really great goodwill ambassadors of the United States of America when they represent the United States of America at the Olympics.

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

  7. amazing

  8. 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.

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

    how do you find the football player’s address?

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

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