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    Mr.Redlegs is my homeboy Eric_the_Red's Avatar
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    The autographs by mail project

    I wanted to start a collection of autographed sports cards for my son, so I decided to mail out cards and SASEs to various players. I thought it would be interesting to track what, if any, response I get.

    I bought a bunch of packs of 2010 Topps cards and picked a few cards to mail to the players. I included a little note asking the players to please sign and return the card, as well as a couple sentences personally about that player and maybe his team.

    The first batch went out today to:
    1. Josh Beckett
    2. Gordon Beckham
    3. Ken Griffey Jr.
    4. Tommy Hanson
    5. Albert Pujols
    6. Chase Utley
    7. Matt Kemp
    8. Kevin Youkilis
    9. Ichiro Suzuki
    10. Jonathan Papelbon
    11. Evan Longoria
    12. David Price
    13. Tim Lincecum
    14. Joe Mauer

    I'll keep this thread updated as I mail out other cards, and will keep a tally of which players respond.

    The only other time I've done this is as a kid when I mailed a card and envelope to my favorite player, Will Clark. I mailed the card, waited for months, and forgot about it. Then one day over a year later I got a letter in the mail, and it contained the signed card from Clark. I was ecstatic!

    Any cards I get back I will either store in top loaders or in a 9-card page binder for my son to enjoy when he gets older. (He is only 1 now.) This could turn into a yearly father/son tradition.

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    Re: The autographs by mail project

    I'll be curious to know what kind of success you have with this. I have two boys, and it's a great idea.

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    Re: The autographs by mail project

    I have a friend who did this with nearly the entire set of 1973 Topps baseball cards.

    You might have greater success once they are out of their prime and demand slows, but I'll bet you'll hit on at least 50% of what you sent out.

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    Re: The autographs by mail project

    I did this when I was little. Kirby Puckett hooked me up. Just wish I sent a nicer card now!
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    Re: The autographs by mail project

    My only fear of this is you never know who is signing. One of my good friends is the brother-in-law of a major celebrity (think wrestler turned actor- rhymes with "Smock" LOL) and he tells tales of help signing photos along with other family members....

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    Re: The autographs by mail project

    I know for a fact that Griffey Jr. doesn't sign through the mail. I don't know if this still happens, but I assume that it does, that there are some players who won't sign the cards, but will instead send you back a signed photo. I had this happen with Pat Burrell, Pete Rose Jr. and Mark Brunell.

    I've had a lot of success with this though.

    The craziest was getting back a Dale Murphy card 7 years after I sent it.
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    Re: The autographs by mail project

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner View Post
    I have a friend who did this with nearly the entire set of 1973 Topps baseball cards.
    What year did he do that?

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    Re: The autographs by mail project

    There was an article about this in ESPN the Magazine a few weeks back. The writer sent something to every team in the four professional sports (star players, coaches and mascots). Got some autographs, but mostly the things sent back where letters, media guides, promotional items, and things like that. The best response came from Joe Mauer, a personally autographed letter. The article then becomes about Mauer and how he sits down with his mother every couple of weeks and actually goes through and responds to every piece of fan mail he gets. Pretty cool article.
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    Re: The autographs by mail project

    Quote Originally Posted by guttle11 View Post
    There was an article about this in ESPN the Magazine a few weeks back. The writer sent something to every team in the four professional sports (star players, coaches and mascots). Got some autographs, but mostly the things sent back where letters, media guides, promotional items, and things like that. The best response came from Joe Mauer, a personally autographed letter. The article then becomes about Mauer and how he sits down with his mother every couple of weeks and actually goes through and responds to every piece of fan mail he gets. Pretty cool article.
    Yeah, I read that. It was the inspiration for this project. And I big reason why Mauer was one of the first guys I mailed to.

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    Re: The autographs by mail project

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingspoint View Post
    What year did he do that?
    I think he has done it over the years. He was telling me a few weeks ago that he just received some new ones.

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    Re: The autographs by mail project

    I did that years ago when I was young. I think I sent 3 or 4 letters, with cards, to Barry Larkin and he returned them all. Raul Mondesi was another guy I liked at the time and got his auto. David Justice also signed a card for me.

    I have heard things have changed quite a bit since ebay became a hit. Larry Walker was a guy who I had heard would write back and explain why he wouldn't sign an autograph because of ebay. Its a shame because I can remember the thrill of getting my self addressed envelop back with an auto card in it.

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    Re: The autographs by mail project

    I have the next 11 letters ready to be mailed tomorrow.

    15. Homer Bailey
    16. Clayton Kershaw
    17. Pablo Sandoval
    18. Adam Dunn
    19. Adam Jones
    20. Neftali Perez
    21. Josh Hamilton
    22. Prince Fielder
    23. Jorge Posada
    24. Mark Teixeira
    25. Ian Kinsler

    Less superstars in this group. We'll see if that produces more positive results or not.

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    Re: The autographs by mail project

    This is a hobby I did back in the early 80's to about the late 80's.

    I used a book by this same author but a 80's version.


    http://www.amazon.com/BASEBALL-AMERI...8166927&sr=8-1

    I had alot of luck and off the top of my head got responses from Burleigh Grimes, Stan Coveleski, Willie Mays, Edd Roush, Sadaharu Oh and way to many more to count.

    I did get DiMaggio's autograph but I was told his sister signed his name for him.

    It is a fun hobby though, nothing like getting a SASE letter in the mail and wondering what player sent it.
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    Re: The autographs by mail project

    An interesting thread. I have to tales to recount.

    My family knew Roger Staubach because his girlfriend/fiancee (now wife) lived across the street from us. When my younger cousin told me he was a big fan of Staubach's, I told him I'd send him his football card to him and ask him to autograph it. Instead of signing the card, he sent my cousin and 8 X 10 signed photo and he walked on air for years.

    My son wrote to a bunch of teams back when he was little. They sent a lot of the same paraphanalia: hats, pins, shirts, yearbooks etc. The Red Sox even sent him a small bag of dirt from home plate. When he was cleaning out his room when he went away to college, he asked me to sell some of the stuf for him. I sold some of it, but still have some of the pins from the Rays first season and stickers from the A's and Phillies, media books from the Padres and Astros. He kept the Fenway dirt though.
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    Re: The autographs by mail project

    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz View Post
    My son wrote to a bunch of teams back when he was little. They sent a lot of the same paraphanalia: hats, pins, shirts, yearbooks etc. The Red Sox even sent him a small bag of dirt from home plate. When he was cleaning out his room when he went away to college, he asked me to sell some of the stuf for him. I sold some of it, but still have some of the pins from the Rays first season and stickers from the A's and Phillies, media books from the Padres and Astros. He kept the Fenway dirt though.
    Somewhere I have some warning track dirt from Wrigley Field. We went to see the Reds play in Chicago in 2000 and it was picture day. Fans were let on the field before the game to get pics of Cubs players. We walked to the outfield and watched the Reds warm-up and said hi to Casey and Dmitri. I put some dirt in an empty film case.


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