Advice to TTM autograph newcomers?

Posted April 9th, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Hank Aaron, Tiger Stadium
That's Hank Aaron signing for fans at Tiger Stadium, July 4, 1975. By Xnatedawgx (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

That’s Hank Aaron signing for fans at Tiger Stadium, July 4, 1975. By Xnatedawgx (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

I have a new site, a site that’s just begun.

I have yet to fill in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

I need your help.

I have an idea of the most-often-asked questions I get from readers, including newcomers.

I deal with through the mail (TTM) interactions. Many of you seek autographs. Others (like me) are looking for more from baseball’s past and present: an answered question, note or memory shared.

What do you wish you knew when you first started? 

Readers, I’d be so grateful to see your top tips and suggestions. I want to offer an FAQ section to help keep our hobby thriving. Help me help them!

One Response to “Advice to TTM autograph newcomers?”

  1. Drew says:

    What do I wish I had known? Oh man, where do I begin?

    1. Players will often sign multiple items. I sent my first card out to be signed in 1992. It took me ten years to find out that it’s okay to send more than one. Of course, sending ten would be frowned upon by any reasonable person.

    2. It never hurts to ask a player a question, they may even write a response back.

    3. It never hurts to make requests, as long as they’re reasonable. A certain color marker/pen, certain inscriptions, most will be quite accommodating. Asking for a game-used jersey might be a bit much.

    4. Do your homework. Just because you have a player’s address doesn’t mean he’ll sign through it. Ten minutes of research is worth it. Likewise, don’t be afraid to take a chance. Just because a guy hasn’t signed doesn’t mean he won’t. But if others have tried and failed, discretion is the better part of valor.

    I’m sure I could come up with more, but that’s a decent start.

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