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    i am wondering if any of you still right players for their autographs. i used to send cards and a self addressed stamped envelope. a guy i know recently started doing this again with baseballs. i have not been able to talk to him but i am wondering what aould i send the ball in?, and would i just send the ball to the stadium addressed to the player or would i send it somewhere else. any help would be great.

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    I did that once. I sent a ball to Don Larsen (just in a little box) with like $10 and got it back signed, then I sent it to Yogi Berra with like $30 and he signed it too.
    A lot of people say this honor validates my career, but I didn't work hard for validation. I didn't play the game right because I saw a reward at the end of the tunnel. I played it right because that's what you're supposed to do, play it right and with respect. If this validates anything, it's that learning how to bunt and hit and run and turning two is more important than knowing where to find the little red light at the dug out camera. - Ryne Sandberg

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    • #3
      i collect autographs.
      ive been very successful as long as i have been collecting.
      i dont send baseballs. only baseball cards and index cards.
      but id be happy to help u anytime.

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      • #4
        anyone know any addresses for the following guys:

        Kirk Gibson
        Harold Reynolds
        Jim Maloney
        Jim O'Toole
        Ryne Sandberg
        Buddy Bell


        any help is greatly apperciated
        The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America is ruled by it like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again. Oh, people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come. -James Earl Jones as Terence Mann in Field Of Dreams

        Sailors Creed

        11 General Orders of Sentry

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        • #5
          Originally posted by yes to bert & al!
          i collect autographs.
          ive been very successful as long as i have been collecting.
          i dont send baseballs. only baseball cards and index cards.
          but id be happy to help u anytime.

          Ya same here, I send either cards or photos, I have over 100 successes, If any one needs help, just tell me.
          Here are some tips for ttm signing,
          1. I can't stress this enough, HAND WRITE EVERYTHING!!!!!
          2. ALWAYS be sincere.
          3. BE PATIENT.
          Last edited by ScrewBll45; 06-25-2005, 07:56 PM.
          "YA GOTTA BELIEVE!"- Tug McGraw

          "You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out it was the other way around all the time"- Jim Bouton, the last line in Ball Four

          "I don't care if the guy (Jackie Robinson) is yellow or black, or if he has stripes like a g**-damn zebra. I'm the manager of this team and I say he plays."- Leo Durocher

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          • #6
            I bet HR could be reached at ESPN in Bristol.
            A lot of people say this honor validates my career, but I didn't work hard for validation. I didn't play the game right because I saw a reward at the end of the tunnel. I played it right because that's what you're supposed to do, play it right and with respect. If this validates anything, it's that learning how to bunt and hit and run and turning two is more important than knowing where to find the little red light at the dug out camera. - Ryne Sandberg

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            • #7
              Originally posted by yes to bert & al!
              i collect autographs.
              ive been very successful as long as i have been collecting.
              i dont send baseballs. only baseball cards and index cards.
              but id be happy to help u anytime.
              I visit numerous through the mail autograph collector's websites...their success rate is around 35-40% for the season...so considering less than half of your mail ever comes back, it's not really a success.

              And more than half of the players don't sign index cards anymore, I goes to a lot of Minor League games (I only do cards) and there is one guy that don't buy cards and try to get the entire team on index, and more than half of the players wouldn't sign because their agent told them people can copy the signature and use it on fraud so he get them signed the game programs.
              Frank's Field of Dreams
              "If I build it, you'll come."

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ichiro51
                I visit numerous through the mail autograph collector's websites...their success rate is around 35-40% for the season...so considering less than half of your mail ever comes back, it's not really a success.
                ive got a much better rate than 35/40, of course I focus on retired players, right now Im pulling about 65-70%. Current players arent really good with fan mail, not all some are good like Brad Lidge.
                "YA GOTTA BELIEVE!"- Tug McGraw

                "You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out it was the other way around all the time"- Jim Bouton, the last line in Ball Four

                "I don't care if the guy (Jackie Robinson) is yellow or black, or if he has stripes like a g**-damn zebra. I'm the manager of this team and I say he plays."- Leo Durocher

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ScrewBll45
                  ive got a much better rate than 35/40, of course I focus on retired players, right now Im pulling about 65-70%. Current players arent really good with fan mail, not all some are good like Brad Lidge.
                  Do you send it to the player's home address??or the ballpark address??

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by meatface
                    Do you send it to the player's home address??or the ballpark address??
                    It depends on the player, guys Al Kaline and Dwight Evans sign thru there respective teams, meanwhile guys like Joe Niekro(Phil isn't as good a signer as his little bro) and Harmon Killebrew use there home addresss. Some people; like Ralph Kiner have there mail forwrded to them thru a a business. It varies from person-to-person.
                    "YA GOTTA BELIEVE!"- Tug McGraw

                    "You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out it was the other way around all the time"- Jim Bouton, the last line in Ball Four

                    "I don't care if the guy (Jackie Robinson) is yellow or black, or if he has stripes like a g**-damn zebra. I'm the manager of this team and I say he plays."- Leo Durocher

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                    • #11
                      autographs

                      do you think i would be able to get a ball signed that way? the guy i know got matheny, eckstein and herzog so far. i have not been able to get ahold of him to see how he sent it. do you think if i sent the ball in one of those padded mailing envelopes with a self addressed prepaid mailing envelope that , this would be the best way to go.

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                      • #12
                        I used to send a lot of mail to up and coming Yankees , and some Yankee players that really stunk. I know they arent worth anything , but It was cool when I was a kid!!

                        Some players were , Mel Hall , Bob Geren , Steve Balboni , Roy Smally.....
                        "I'd like to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee" - Joe Dimaggio

                        :radio "That looked like the TERMINATOR , only slower. Maybe it was the OUTTA-STATER or it could have been the HIBERNATOR - that baby is going away for the winter. Whatever , for Vaughn it might be SEE-YA-LATER. He's probably going to become a SPECTATOR." - Harry Doyle , Bob Ueker

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by frosdoll
                          do you think i would be able to get a ball signed that way? the guy i know got matheny, eckstein and herzog so far. i have not been able to get ahold of him to see how he sent it. do you think if i sent the ball in one of those padded mailing envelopes with a self addressed prepaid mailing envelope that , this would be the best way to go.
                          That would work, very few players (retired or active) furnish thier own postage. Make sure your letter is very sincere. If you need anything else just ask.
                          "YA GOTTA BELIEVE!"- Tug McGraw

                          "You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out it was the other way around all the time"- Jim Bouton, the last line in Ball Four

                          "I don't care if the guy (Jackie Robinson) is yellow or black, or if he has stripes like a g**-damn zebra. I'm the manager of this team and I say he plays."- Leo Durocher

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                          • #14
                            I might be a little late on this topic, but I want to crush a few myths of TTM collecting. It doesn't matter if you hand write or type the letters. My friend and I tried ithe 2 different methods and our success rates came back the same. Yes, the letter has to be sincere, but it doesn't have to be long. A few sentences are fine. I have had over 850+ mail successes since February 04, and my TTM website is http://www.angelfire.com/ky3/egautographs The number 1 source for TTM home addresses is Harvey Meiselman. His website is http://www.sportsaddresslists.com I use his list and I got only a few RTS's. I mainly collect retired players and collecting signed sets, such as Fleer Greats of the Game, Fan Favorites, and Pacific Legends. A lot of guys charge $$ for a signature, so I put up a list for you guys to see their signing rates:


                            Johnny Bench-cards, baseballs-$40
                            Ron Blomberg-cards-$10, magazines-$17, photos-$25, baseballs-$40, caps, jerseys-$50, bats-$75
                            Bert Blyleven-cards, flats-$10, hats, programs-$20, baseballs-$25, bats-$75, jerseys-$100
                            Nino Bongiovanni-$10 for all items
                            Bill Buckner-$5 for all items
                            Gary Carter-cards, flats-$25
                            Roger Craig-$5 for all items
                            Alvin Dark-$6 for all items
                            Dom DiMaggio-cards, flats-$15, baseballs-$20, bats, caps-$35, will sometimes sign for free
                            Rollie Fingers-$8 for all items
                            Whitey Ford-cards-$25, books-$30, baseballs, 8x10's-$35, large flats-$40, bats, gloves-$50, jerseys-$75
                            Joe Garagiola-$10 for all items, will sign the first one for free
                            Pumpsie Green-$10 for all items
                            Johnny Groth-$5 for all items
                            Dave Henderson-$3 for all items, will sometimes sign for free
                            Monte Irvin-$10 for all items, will sometimes sign for free
                            Ferguson Jenkins-flats, baseballs-$15, bats-$25
                            Dave Kingman-cards, baseballs, hats, programs, postcards-$8, bats-$10
                            Jerry Koosman-$5-$10 for all items
                            Don Larsen-$7 for unliscensed cards (ex. Pacific Legends, TCMA), baseballs-$20
                            Mickey Lolich-$10 for all items
                            Felix Mantilla-$5 for all items
                            Willie Mays-cards, photos, magazines-$100, baseballs, hats-$150, helmets-$200, jerseys, gloves-$325
                            Bill Mazeroski-$5 for all items
                            Sam McDowell-$5 for all items
                            Wally Moon-$5 for all items
                            Bobby Murcer-cards-$10
                            Jim O'Toole-$3 for all items, will sign one for free
                            Dave Parker-$20 for all items
                            Gaylord Perry-$15 for all items
                            Rico Petrocelli-$5 for all items
                            Phil Rizzuto-cards, flats-$12, will sometimes sign for free
                            Pete Rose-cards, baseballs-$30
                            Nolan Ryan-cards, small flats-$30, baseballs, 8x10's-$50, hats, gloves-$75, bats, jerseys-$95
                            George Scott-$6 for all items
                            Terry Steinbach-cards, 3x5's-$2
                            Ron Swoboda-$5 for all items
                            Frank Thomas (The Original)-$5 for all items
                            Frank Torre-$5 for all items
                            Maury Wills-flats-$8, postcards, 8x10's, cachets, magazines, books-$12, baseballs-$15, large flats, hats-$20, bats, jersey-$40

                            If anyone needs help, please email me by using the email address on my site.

                            EDIT: The Meiselman website is for buying a address book to help collectors get autographs TTM. I'm not advertising it, just saying it's the best one around
                            Last edited by egautographs; 07-11-2005, 03:09 AM.

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                            • #15
                              autographs by mail

                              The best guide that I have seen for baseball players autographs is Jack Smalling's "The Baseball Autograph Collectors Handbook" This book has every major league ballplayer's home address and managers and coaches who were not active ballplayers and also umpires address as well.
                              Check out his web site www.baseballaddresses.com
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