Signed Terry Collins 2011 Topps Heritage card from my collection

Even if you’re not lucky enough to make it to a lot of baseball games, you can still collect autographs from the players on your favorite team. If you write to them and send them a baseball card to sign, a number of players will sign autographs through the mail.

Most stars – players like David Wright and Matt Harvey – receive too much fan mail to keep up with it. And even though the current Mets team doesn’t have many real “stars,” not too many players respond to autograph requests by mail.

A few – like manager Terry Collins, starting pitcher Dillon Gee, injured closer Bobby Parnell, and bench players Eric Young Jr. and Josh Satin – try their best to send back autographs. Outfielder Curtis Granderson sends back small photos with what is likely a pre-printed autograph.

Your chances improve with retired players like Buddy Harrelson and Ed Kranepool. Writing to prospects while they’re still in the minor leagues is also a good way to increase your odds of success.

If you think you’ll write a lot of letters, I recommend a subscription to SportsCollectors.Net. For $15 a year, you gain access to a database that will let you know which current and former players are likely to sign for collectors, and which ones generally don’t. The database also includes home addresses for some players, helpful if you want to write to someone that’s not currently involved in the game. If you’re primarily interested in retired players, though, I’d also suggest buying Harvey Meiselman‘s address list.

If you’re just interested in current players, the best place to write to them is care of their team during spring training or the regular season. Here are some addresses for Mets fans:

signed R.A. Dickey 2011 Topps card from my collection

New York Mets
Citi Field
123-01 Roosevelt Ave.
Flushing, NY 11368

Las Vegas 51s
Cashman Field
850 Las Vegas Blvd. North
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Binghamton Mets
P.O. Box 598
Binghamton NY 13902

St. Lucie Mets (this is also the Mets’ spring training address)
Tradition Field
525 NW Peacock Blvd.
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Savannah Sand Gnats
P.O. Box 3783
Savannah GA 31414

Brooklyn Cyclones
MCU Park
1904 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11224

Kingsport Mets
P.O. Box 1128
Kingsport TN 37662

You should include three things with your request

  1. Your letter (keep it short, and though it seems obvious make sure you remember to say “please” and “thank you”)
  2. A self-addressed, stamped envelope (if you use a Forever stamp, you don’t have to worry about future postage increases if the player doesn’t respond right away)
  3. Something that you want signed (don’t send anything too valuable – there’s no guarantee that you will get it back.)

Signed Andy Marte baseball card from my collection

Most current baseball cards have a glossy finish, which makes them difficult to autograph. (Topps Heritage and Allen & Ginter are the notable exceptions.)

You can use a white plastic eraser (available at art supply stores and many office supply stores) to remove enough of the gloss to allow the card to be autographed. If you don’t, your newly-signed card will probably turn out like this Andy Marte card.

Other collectors suggest rubbing baby powder on glossy cards to remove enough of the coating to allow the signature to “take.” I’ve tried it, but I prefer the eraser trick.

Older baseball cards – anything produced prior to the mid-1990s – should not present a problem.

If you’re trying to get autographs from players who don’t have easily-obtainable baseball cards, you can buy generic “Autograph Cards” or send blank index cards. Just be aware that the MLB Players Association and player agents typically advise players not to sign blank items because of potential identity theft concerns.

I think that the Autograph Cards turn out nicely when signed.

Autograph Card signed by Jack Leathersich from my collection

Good luck, have fun and remember to have patience – I’ve gotten cards back years after I sent them out.

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  1. Paul says:

    Bob, I would suggest that you take a look at SportsCollectors.Net – it lists the players & former players that members have reported successes with in the past 14 days. If you choose to join the site as a paid member, you will have access to their full database.

    Aaron doesn’t have any autograph show appearances scheduled that I can find, but I would expect his signature will cost over $100 if he does another one. Most of the larger promoters do accept mail-in items for people who cannot attend.

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    • bob says:

      where do you go on the website SportsCollectors.Net to see peoples sucsesses with players signings.

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      • Paul says:

        Step 1: Go to http://www.sportscollectors.net/register.aspx and sign up for a free account.

        Step 2: Go to http://www.sportscollectors.net/SigsByMailLatest.aspx?c=1 for the latest baseball successes, or to http://www.sportscollectors.net/SigsByMailLatest.aspx?c=2 for the latest basketball ones.

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        • bob says:

          Thanks so much that really helped. Could you tell me an address for Micheal Jordan. I sent one to him and I thought I had the right address but it turns out it got denied by the post office and sent back to me. If you could tell me Micheal’s address that would help much.

          thanks, Paul

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        • Paul says:

          I’m sorry, I don’t have any basketball address lists. I’d just be checking Google for any address I could give you.

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        • bob says:

          What website do you go to to get the players addresses. I went to fanmail.net to get Michael Jordans autograph. I found it, I sent it , and then I got it back since it wasnt the right address. Please tell me an ACCURATE website to get players(old and new players) addresses.

          thanks for all the help.

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        • Paul says:

          Go to sportsaddresslists.com and order the lists you are interested in.

          If you’re not willing to pay, take your chances with fanmail.biz or see what you can turn up with Google. StarTiger.com is also a possibility, but again, it’s a paid site.

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        • bob says:

          I’ve heard Bryce Harper responded to his spring training fan mail. Could you please give me the Washington Nats spring training address? Can you tell me some of the biggest names that sign at spring training and not during the season

          Thanks again for all the help :)

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        • bob says:

          I got the answer to the question I asked you.

          NOW I HAVE A QUESTION FOR PAUL AND ANYBODY ELSE THAT USES THIS WEBSITE. I AM TRYING THIS TOPPS THE CHASE CONTEST ANDTHIS IS HOW IT WORKS. DO ANY OF YOU GET TOPPS SERIES 1 AND SERIES 2 CARDS??? IF YOU DO THERE IS A MILLION DOLLAR CHASE CARD IN THE PACKAGE THATS BLUE. i WOULD APPRICIATE IF SOMEONE COULD TELL ME THE CODE ON THE BACK OF THE 1 MILLION DOLLAR CHASE CARD. :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
          THANKS SO MUCH. YOU DONT KNOW HOW MUCH THAT WOULD DO FOR ME.

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    • bob says:

      does anyone use this website anymore? If so what are some stars that you have gotten to sign in all your time sending???

      Thanks hope you can responde.

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  2. petmonster28 says:

    bob…go to Target or Walmart and buy a pack of Topps baseball cards if you want a code for the Million Dollar Chase. The rest of us who already have codes will be chasing down the million $ for ourselves.

    Also, bob, if you want to know an address for someone for an autograph, the best thing you can do is go to Google and search for that information. I think the point of Paul’s article is to tell people generally how TTM autographs work…not to do all the work for you. Use a little initiative and I’m sure you can do this on your own.

    Btw everyone, I had luck with Juan Pierre and Jeff Francis TTM care of their teams. Bronson Arroyo responded, as well, but he only sent me a small advertisement for his band’s music CD…and he kept my card :(

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  3. hoppercubs says:

    I just received 3 Shawn Dunston cards back. Great success it only took around 4 months.

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    • bob says:

      I got a Reggie Jackson autograph card in the mail without paying him any money.

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      • hoppercubs says:

        Nice! How did you do that?

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        • bob says:

          I think i just got lucky. My friend sent one but he didnt sign his. I think Jackson was in a great mode that day. :)

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        • bob says:

          Todat inmail recieved a Yu Darvish autographed card. He didn’t sign the card he sent a different card of himself that was autographed. VERY HAPPY ABOUT YU DARVISH AUTOGRAPHED CARD. :) :)

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        • bob says:

          Got a Ray Allen card back. it was one of his cards. It had a fake printed autograoh on it. :( ALSO I GOT AN REAL AUTOGRAPH CARD FROM ROBIN YOUNT. He is a hall of famer whos in the 3,000 hit club. :):):):):):):):):):):)

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      • bob says:

        Hey Paul,
        I want to go tho a differant website like this one but I what the subject to be NBA or NFL. What website would be like thet. I couldnt find any

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        • Alex Anderson says:

          Bob you are such a dumb ass. Why don’t you do something for yourself and stop making the other guys doing it for you.

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  4. Jimmy says:

    I have had lots of luck with the 69 Mets . great signers and fast returns. they will always be my favorite Mets team.

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    • bob says:

      hello does anybody go on this site anymore. U arnt posting anthing anymore???

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      • Paul says:

        Baseball has had to become a lower priority over the past year or so, and I am unable to post as often as I used to.

        If you’d like to see new content here more often, I invite you (and anyone else) to consider submitting guest post articles. Contact me at PaulsRandomStuff@verizon.net

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        • bob says:

          you should really post stuff on the websit you made. I liked this website before but since people havent posted anything it has not been as good of a site.

          P.S.recent ttm sucsesses: MLB – Roger Clemens, Robin Yount, and bobby doerr
          NBA – LeBron James
          NFL Lawrence Taylor

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  5. hoppercubs says:

    New success from Clayton Kershaw. Just received the card back, only took around 10 months to get, sweet auto

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  6. Braden J. says:

    Hello,

    I really would like to start getting autographs TTM from some of my favorite athletes and celebrities. I’ve read a lot about it online about how it works. One thing I’m not sure about though, is if I want to get a picture to send in the mail, where do people get the pictures from? For me, having a 8×10 autographed photo would be amazing, and then I could be a $4 picture frame from Walmart for it. Can you use a Google image of your favorite athlete and print it out at the local Wal-Mart photo center? Thanks so much for any advice or information. Braden.

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    • Paul says:

      Most of the photos you’ll find through Google’s image search are under copyright, so you may have an issue getting them printed. When I’ve printed my own photos, some stores asked about copyright, but most do not.

      WalMart recommends a minimum image size of 960×768 pixels for 8×10 prints, but in practice I think this is a bit low. I’d recommend using an image of at least 2500×2000 pixels.

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  7. isasson says:

    Hey Paul. Thank you so much for this post. Your website (and a few others) motivated me to create my own (youngmetsfan.weebly.com). I have just started getting into autograph collecting, as I met Pedro Martinez and Hunter Pence this past summer. I read this article and I’m dying to go buy some baseball cards just to try this out. I was wondering if you would mind posting a sample letter that you would send with one of these. I’m trying to write one but I feel I am writing too much. Thank you for you the wonderful post.

    -Isaac

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  8. EdisonE says:

    Paul, thanks for keeping your site active and alive.
    One of the curious, no puzzlement, of collecting autographs via mail is that the players on certain clubs seem more inclined to respond than those on other clubs.
    By example, the youngest member of my family knew I was into baseball and that I own several autographed balls. He asked me how to go about getting some signed baseballs for his own collection. I walked him through the process, helped him to write a polite letter to each of the players, and assisted him in addressing stamped return mailers. He spent the good part of late January preparing 24 mailers: each contained a stamped return packet, a ballpoint pen, a baseball, and a personal note requesting the ball to be signed. All 24 packets were sent out a few days prior to pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training. Within a couple of weeks he received autographed balls from a players on several teams, but none from his favorite team — that team received a dozen balls.
    We are grateful and thankful for the players who did respond, but have to scratch our heads in wonder over the team that didn’t respond at all.

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  9. isasson says:

    Just sent out my David Cone card. Hopefully he replies. Thank you for this wonderful post!

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  10. Jeffrey says:

    Does Yu Darvish sign?

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  11. EdisonE says:

    Hypothetically, one does everything proper and appropriate to obtain an autograph by mail: stamped return envelope, nicely worded letter, something to sign, and a pen to sign with. The request is sent before the season begins, yet nothing is returned to the initiator — ever. What happens to the packet sent to the player? Is it tossed in the garbage without being opened? Is opened by some clerk who retains anything of value then tosses the remains into the trash?

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  12. hoppercubs says:

    I sent Jim Bunning a ORMLB with $5 and he signed it plus he put his HOF # and his perfect game date on it. Awesome return

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  13. isasson says:

    Paul I would like to say thank you so much i just received my first TTM back with the help of you and many others. Andre Dawson signed 2/6 baseball cards with a $5 donation. Thank you!

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  14. Billy says:

    Cool site and idea. I would like to get a few baseballs signed. Anyone have luck with this?

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