The mailman continues to brighten the day by delivering responses to my through the mail ( TTM) autograph requests.
This week I received a response from former big league pitcher Scott Sanderson.
Sanderson began his Major League pitching career in 1978 with the Montreal Expos. He became a Chicago Cub in 1984 and then played for the Oakland As in 1990.
In 1993 he bounced from the Toronto Blue Jays to the California Angels and then the San Francisco Giants.
In 1994 he became a Chicago White Sox before ending up back with the Angels where he left the game in 1996.
Sanderson is the seventh autograph response I have received.
His 1996 Upperdeck Collector’s Choice card was one of the first cards I mailed out in September when I decided to try the hobby.
It took 38 days to receive a response. I sent the card to Sanderson in care of the Angels. The postmark on the envelope shows Sanderson returned the card from Illinois.
So I figure it took some time for the Angels to get the card to Sanderson.
I do have a failure to report, my request sent to former Atlanta Brave Bob Horner came back refused. Boo Bob Horner.
Horner joins Craig Paquette and Jody Davis as my only confirmed failures.
Others that have responded to my TTM requests are: Mike Sweeney, Bill Swift, Vance Law, and Kevin Gross, Bryn Smith, Chris Speier
Those that I have attempted to make contact with include: Livan Hernandez, Latroy Hawkins, Tony Pena, Omar Vizquel, Tim Wakefield, Steve Cox, Tommy John, Steve Garvey, Ron Gant, Pete Incavigla, Rich Gedman, Bryan Harvey, Tommy Lasorda, Ray Fontenot, Jason Thompson, Ed Hearn, Leon Durham, Franklin Stubbs, Larry McWilliams, Andy Hawkins, Dave Winfield, Jay Tibbs, Mike Scioscia, Ken Howell, and Eric Davis.
The hobby is simple to try and it is not limited to baseball.
Autograph collectors from all walks of life chat on www.fanmail.biz
On that site collectors are exchanging information regarding sports stars, movie stars, authors and just about any other type of celebrity you can think of.
To try it,simply pick your player or celebrity, send a card or photo along with a self addressed stamped envelope and then wait.
Many addresses are listed on the site, but publications containing addresses are out there for sale
If the sports 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 why not give the hobby a try and prove to yourself that the mailman can deliver more than just bills.