Re: The autographs by mail project
I did this a ton when I was younger. I had a lot of success with it too. Off the top of my head I got responses from Mike Piazza (when he was a rookie), Jeff Bagwell, Mark Grace, and Joe Nuxhall. I found I never heard back from most of the big time super stars but a lot of the medium tier players (like Mark Grace's) would almost always respond. I also received a set of Reds cards from the late 1950's and early 1960's from my uncle and I sent all of them out to players who were still living. I got a really cool and interesting response to those. I got almost all of them returned autographed but one player had passed away - Ed Bailey (I had the address book and didn't know) but whoever lived at his house sent back one of the memorial cards from his funeral. And I also included a few questions in my responses and Claude Osteen wrote back a great letter to me about how he thought Pete deserved to be in the HOF and he threw a few jabs at Selig.
Overall, I'd recommend writing retired players, young players, or those medium level veteran players. Those were where I had the most success.
Almost forgot to mention....player with the quickest turnaround by far was Joe Nuxhall. I sent out his letter on a Monday and wrote a really nice letter about how much I enjoyed listening to him on the radio. This was during the season as well. I had a response from him in my mailbox on Friday of the same week. He autographed both the cards I sent plus threw in 2 more cards autographed and threw in one of those Kahn's post card photo's (black and white - had player name and fake autograph on 'em) from his playing days which he signed again over the fake autograph and on the back wrote "Thank you for the nice letter." Really awesome and made me love him till the day he passed away.
Last edited by Caseyfan21; 03-14-2010 at 11:11 AM.