|One sweet custom card, created by
“Who do you know?”
It’s not a question I ask of collectors to see who has rubbed elbows with greatness. I want to find like-minded hobbyists who’ll bring their brands of inspiration to this blog.
I offered this question to collector Bill Kearns. He nominated fellow fan Tim Virgilio. Here is Tim’s story:
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone.
Tomorrow, Feb. 15, all the stores selling racks of greeting cards will start purging excess, leftover envelopes.
A few will sell the envelopes for a penny apiece. Most will be throwing the envelopes out.
Ask. Ask. Ask! I get free piles each year.
Clubhouse attendants. Family members. Often, they’ll sort or pile envelopes for anyone who gets a regular amount of fan mail.
Be different. Different is good. Different stands out.
You want your envelope opened. If it’s opened, why not read the letter? Then, why not give the person the autographs they want or the answers to the questions they asked?
You can still use the standard white envelope for your SASE.
St. Patrick’s Day cards have green envelopes. Easter cards have yellow or purple envelopes. No one wants the pink and red.
Trust me. It works.
|A now-poignant tribute, circa 1977, shared at
Fans of the Giants, Red Sox, Expos or Cubs would know the name.
Coach Wendell Kim
Because he wasn’t a regular in card sets, Kim never topped want lists. A check at www.sportscollectors.net revealed that only three attempts were recorded. He returned all.
Kim’s last response was in 2007. Recently, his wife has been sharing the bad news.
Only 62, Wendell Kim is coping with Alzheimer’s Disease. He’s been in a care facility for three years, unable to sign autographs. Remove him from your baseball address lists, please.
Bravely, Natasha Kim preserves the legacy of her fan-friendly husband at www.wk20.com.
Some of us groan at non-responses. “Why hasn’t the guy signed? What’s wrong with him?”
Other collectors fret over their letters. “What’s wrong with me?” Typed or hand-written? Change the approach?
Sometimes, the answer is c) none of the above.
I’m grateful for what the Kims have shared, then and now.