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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.

10 Comments on How to Get a Player’s Autograph

  1. king james // March 23, 2009 at 6:05 pm // Reply

    i want a autograph from lebron james

  2. baseball man // March 23, 2009 at 1:43 pm // Reply

    i have bj upton

  3. I’ve gave Brooke Bennit a high five i did not get a autograph but who care’s :]

  4. cool 🙂

  5. beaster456 // March 21, 2009 at 8:11 pm // Reply

    i have a skip shumaker from the Cardinals

  6. theelsfan09 // March 19, 2009 at 6:32 pm // Reply

    I have a sean may autograph

  7. I got a basketball signed by lots of the Harlem Globetrotters when my pack went to their game!

  8. louisville ky // February 14, 2009 at 7:55 pm // Reply

    I have an autographed ball signed by Pee Wee Reese

  9. I also have a signed ball of the 2005 NCAA champions

  10. I am a huge Carolina basketball fan so I have The entire 2009 mens basketball team’s autographs on a poster. I also have a phil ford signed picture and a Sports Illustrated Signed by Tyler hansbrough

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