Thanks, Bobby Thomson! Why My Request Letters Include My Hobby Goals

Posted April 4th, 2013 by Tom Owens and filed in Bobby Thomson

He liked knowing where his
signature would wind up.

Another baseball season is here. Hurray!

Here’s one tip for any level of collector:

Say WHY you want a response, be it an autograph or an answer to your question.

Current and former players know how goals work. After all, how have they succeeded in baseball?

Your letter stands apart if the recipient knows that you’re working toward a signed set or an autograph from every member of that pennant-winning team.

Also, it helps quiet the paranoia that we’re all getting rich on eBay peddling all these signatures.

Seriously, a few decades ago, Bobby Thomson was the first of many retirees to add a “Good luck with your collection!” sentiment. Try revealing a bit of your hobby game plan in your next letters. It works!

One Response to “Thanks, Bobby Thomson! Why My Request Letters Include My Hobby Goals”

  1. Daniel S. says:

    When I wrote to him a decade ago, he wrote a short note with what he was thinking as he hit that home run.

    I started sending off requests to retired players in 2003 as a way of getting mail while in college. My collection has grown more than ten fold since that point.

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