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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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10 Comments on How to Get a Player’s Autograph

  1. I mailed David Carr before this and i got mail from him on a day i was sick and it said thanks for your letter in it was a card with his AUTOGRAPH thanks for posting this tough i did it before like 3-4 years ago

  2. the nickster // January 27, 2009 at 8:08 pm // Reply



  3. does anyone do autograph requests by mail?

  4. I really want some

  5. Penn State Luver // December 18, 2008 at 2:15 pm // Reply

    I got Derrick Williams autograph

  6. I have the red birds mascots autograph, and bo harps, brett farve, eli manning, paten manning

    How did you get michel phelep’s autograph

  7. I have Michal Phelps!

  8. i have a roger clemens, barry bonds, and kirby puckett card

  9. iowa sweet i want brett farve // July 14, 2008 at 6:44 pm // Reply

    hi mom

  10. i have a b.j. upton game used bat.

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