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    Which do you guys do? When you do ttm do you take the time to hand write the letters or do you do a mass production of typed letters?

    Me personally: I have always hand written them. It makes it seem more "on a personal" level. Also before anyone says "Well, it's not like they read the letters anyways." 98% of the 8x10's that I have received via ttm (retired AND current players) are personalized with what I asked them to personalize them with. So I would say that someone had to have read them.
    Last edited by AutographCollector; 04-13-2008, 04:20 PM. Reason: Spell check
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    I type my letters, because my handwriting is absolutely terrible. Half the time I can't read my own writing, so I can't ask anyone else to.

    I personalize the letters, though, they're not mass produced. They all contain specifics about the player, their career, or some other little tidbits so they know I care.

    I also sign each letter in pen. My handwriting may suck, but if I'm asking a player to sign his name, the least I can do is sign mine.
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    • #3
      Typed. I have a hand tremor that makes it painful to write/grip a pen or pencil. I always note this to the player and apologize for not writing by hand.
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      • #4
        Always hand written, and I usually keep it to 3 or 4 sentances. I try to add something specific to the playing, but I don't want to babble on and on to someone who probably gets a lot of fanmail saying basically the same stuff.
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        • #5
          I am not an autograph collector, but I have written to a number of players for various information. Whether I write or type depends on the player's age. A lot of oldtimers don't have the eyesight they used to, so if the person is elderly, I will type and increase the font for ease of reading.

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          • #6
            Handwritten, quick letter, hello, we TTM, why we sent to you (personal favorite, going to see team this year), please, thank you, good luck this season! Sometimes questions from son

            Usually works and players do refer to letter (got one on a MLB card but we mentioned we saw him in AAA and he said Go red Wings....)
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            • #7
              Typed

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              • #8
                I hand write my letters. It just seems more personal and it seems as though it could very slightly increase my chance of success.
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                • #9
                  Typed--I don't believe it matters how your letter looks.
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                  • #10
                    Hand written most of the time, but when I type, its ALWAYS hand signed. I forgot to sign a letter to bobby brown and he reminded me!!! He said in a note back... you forgot to sign your letter and something to the effect of I want an autograph for an autograph...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mike D. View Post
                      I type my letters, because my handwriting is absolutely terrible. Half the time I can't read my own writing, so I can't ask anyone else to.

                      I personalize the letters, though, they're not mass produced. They all contain specifics about the player, their career, or some other little tidbits so they know I care.

                      I also sign each letter in pen. My handwriting may suck, but if I'm asking a player to sign his name, the least I can do is sign mine.
                      Same here..am getting a bit arthritic these days so writing by hand is a chore.

                      I have letterheads prepared; one if I am sending a single photo/card blowup to be signed. another if I'm sending 2-3 items (three is my TTM/IP limit)

                      I have my full address on the top, including my e-mail. So far, I've had one player e-mail me.

                      I also sign my name at the bottom in pen
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                      • #12
                        I used to be in the boat with those that say handwriting is more personal, but over the past couple of years I've shifted my requests to 95% typed. I send out over 1,000 requests per year and I make sure that each one is different. I'm always honest and sincere, and the letter is usually 3/4 of a pg. with size 21 font. I've come to realize that it means more in what you say than how you say it.
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