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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. BYU Football fan // January 26, 2017 at 2:36 pm // Reply

    Taysome Hill. GO BYU COUGS!!!

  2. I have a baseball signed by Seth McClung (Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Milwaukee Brewers pitcher). He did a baseball clinic at my Little Leage and I got to meet him.

  3. Micheal Jordan

  4. Wild thing // April 23, 2016 at 9:26 am // Reply

    I have a card that is signed by glen Perkins

  5. I have autographs for Devin Funchess, Shaq Thomspon, Jon Beason (Yes, I’m a Panthers fan), Taylor Kelly (1/49, too), Mikie Mahtook, and Matt Andriese (On-dreez-ee)

  6. yankees_da_bomb // April 9, 2016 at 7:19 am // Reply

    My dad has a Babe Ruth autograph from his dad

  7. PickleBoy9999 // March 22, 2016 at 5:15 pm // Reply

    My friend has a collection of cards that have the uniforms on them

  8. 300-1000

  9. I have an Brett Farve card Autograph by Brett Farve and his helmet,too. Go packers🏈

  10. Sheep Are Awesome // February 21, 2016 at 1:22 pm // Reply

    About to get Steph Curry, Klay Thompson,etc.

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