Hats off to Mike Sweeney, first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies.
He is the first baseball player to respond to my through the mail (TTM) autograph request.
On Sept. 9 I decided to try my hand at another chapter of sports card collecting, TTM autograph seeking.
The task is simple, pick a player, find an address, send a card or photo along with a self addressed stamped envelope and then wait.
The hardest part of the equation is locating an address for the players.
If the player is active, the autograph seeker can send the request in care of the player’s team.
Any team address can be located on the Internet.
If the player is retired, the task can be a little more difficult.
Harvey Meiselman’s address list seems to be highly recommended.
So far I have been using www.fanmail.biz as my source of addresses.
The site features team addresses and posts from users stating successes or failures at requests.
The users usually post the date they mailed their requests and the address they sent it to.
By using this site, you can access a list of addresses without purchasing a list, get an idea if your favorite player will respond, and learn tips as to how to go about making a request.
So far since Sept. 9 I have sent out 20 requests.
I sent one request to retired player Tony Eusebio in care of the Houston Astros.
The mail came back and no current address for Eusebio seems to be available on the Internet.
An attempt to track down Craig Paquette through one of his old teams failed but I managed to locate an address for him in Phoenix on the fan mail site and the request is back in the mail.
Other players that I have sent requests to are: Livan Hernandez; Latroy Hawkins; Tony Pena Sr; Omar Vizquel; Tim Wakefield; Steve Cox; Scott Sanderson; Tommy John; Steve Garvey; Ron Gant; Pete Incavigla; Rich Gedman; Bryan Harvey;Tommy Lasorda; Bob Horner; Ray Fontenot, and Bill Swift.
Check back for updates on if these players respond.
So if your baseball card collector and have found yourself bogged down with hundreds or thousands of duplicate cards, why not give TTM autograph collecting a try.
The most you have to lose is a card, a couple of stamps and a couple of envelopes.
But if you get a reply you get with it a smile.