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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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11 Comments on How to Get a Player’s Autograph

  1. BAMA/SAINTS // March 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm // Reply

    I just want to get drew brees’s card

  2. BAMA/SAINTS // March 1, 2015 at 1:50 pm // Reply

    About how long does it take to get it back?

  3. First Class Scout, Appalachian Mountains' Vampire Bat Patrol, Troop 700 // October 31, 2014 at 10:36 am // Reply

    Hurray! The San Francisco Giants won the 2014 World Series against the Kansas City Royals in seven (7) games. The 2012 World Series Champions are also the 2014 World Series Champions in all of Major League Baseball. Hurray! I have a baseball that is autographed by all of the members of the 2012 San Francisco Giants and I have ticket stubs to Games #1,3,4,5,and 7 of the 2014 World Series. Go San Francisco Giants!!!! What a really great baseball team in Major League Baseball. I can’t wait for Spring Training to begin for the 2015 Major League Baseball Season.

  4. I have a real Babe Ruth rookie card!!! I found it in a old book at Goodwill

  5. i got a tim harris (former packer and 49er) autograph for free

  6. blackwolf // June 7, 2014 at 7:55 am // Reply

    I have 6 2006 rookie cards that are autographed, including Chris Roberson, Tom Gorzelanny, and Renyel Pinto.

  7. Larry bird, Hideki Okejima, Brad Marchand, cam neely and a basketball signed by the worst celtics team

  8. frontiersmen // October 27, 2013 at 8:59 pm // Reply

    I have Larry Birds autograph

  9. i got an autograph fom Mike d’antoni(old coach of the Knicks and current coach of the lakers) my sister was his son’s girlfriend.

  10. I went to a padres game and got Chase Headley to sign my ball, but the mailing thing is a really good idea.

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