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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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14 Comments on How to Get a Player’s Autograph

  1. how do you find the address?

  2. I am going to get mine signed by the whole Chicago bulls team!!

  3. datautoguy // April 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm // Reply

    Wow, that worked. I got an entire Columbus Crew signed jersey and a Kyrie Irving. Thanks!

  4. I got a Derek Jeter signed baseball,Yogi Berra,Don Larson,Rudy Guiliani,and other stuff.

  5. I have two cards signed by Clide Drexler he played for the blazers and went to the olympics!

  6. I sent Padres pitcher Brad Brach a letter, and he sent me back a signed baseball card. I was so excited! Good luck to all of you guys 😀

  7. First Class Scout, American Bison Patrol, Troop 550 // October 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm // Reply

    I have ticket stubs from both Game #2 and Game #3 of the 2012 World Series. It was really great to be able to watch both the Detroit Tigers and the San Francisco Giants play baseball. I have a baseball that is autographed by the San Francisco Giants. I have a baseball glove that is signed by all of the players of the 2012 Detroit Tigers. Hopefully, I will be able to attend future baseball games in the future World Series baseball games.

  8. Hurricane Sandy (Category 1 Hurricane) (October, 2012) // October 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm // Reply

    I have a baseball bat that is autographed by all of the players of the 2012 Detroit Tigers. They are an awesome baseball team. Too bad that they lost to the San Francisco Giants during the 2012 World Series during October of 2012.

  9. i have yogi berra, dan merino,andre reed,pete rose, steve novack, tyson chandler,rickey fowler, andre reed,jim bowhein alfreado acevas, jim kaat and many more

  10. Hurricane Sandy (Category 1 Hurricane) (October, 2012) // October 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm // Reply

    I have a baseball bat that is autographed by all of the members of the San Francisco Giants. I have a basketball that is autographed by all of the members of the Miami Heat Basketball Team.

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