I have saved hand-written return address “autographs” for years.
I was touched to think that a retiree is so concerned about my cards that he wants them back, in case my address on the SASE does not work. (Think Virgil Trucks!)
I note how faithful the oldest ex-players are. They sign their names, then add their full addresses.
Sure, five bucks is kind. However, someone age 80 may appreciate some adhesive labels.
Print out a sheet on your computer to include. Whether ordered or homemade, the labels don’t have to be baseball themed.
But it can’t hurt!
Or, if you know a collector needing a Father’s Day present (or the collector looking at you in the mirror), do the same. Show the world who you are.
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A standing O goes to Matt Raymond, super blogger and collector supreme at his site Autograph University.
Check out his six recent honorary degrees awarded to noted signers, as chosen by his readers.
Virgil Trucks received a posthumous degree. His daughter Carolyn Beckwith wrote me, telling how proud her dad would be.
Matt’s awards are a great message for all of us. A thank-you note can be just as moving for some retiree who’s been spending hours each month trying to please strangers. In fact, it’s a way to convince a signer’s FAMILY that the effort is important.
If you love an autograph you’ve gotten, don’t just tell other collectors. Write the signer. Tell them why they matter.
If we keep doing that, we, as collectors, will keep mattering, too.
Autograph collecting needs more heroes like Virgil Trucks.
The late pitcher remained grateful to the end. He appreciated fans and hobbyists as much as we adored him.
I wanted to share the thank-you note sent in response…
to MY thank-you note!
I had sent “Fire” a postcard picturing Ty Cobb’s glove. On the back, I thanked him for his years of signing autographs, knowing that he had to stop signing once a broken hip required hospitalization.
Here was his surprising unsolicited reply:
Thanks for your wonderful card. Also for all the nice things you do for Caroline and I. We both appreciate your help and thoughts.
I’m sorry about my short note and writing. I’m writing this in rehab and have several weeks to go. Yes, Caroline is one sweet person and I’m glad she is my precious daughter.
Enclosed is a card for you if you care for it.
Again, Tom, thanks for all you do, and my best to you forever.
P.S. I met the famous Ty Cobb. Very nice person.”
My best to you, forever, too, Virgil Trucks!
Coming Thursday: Greatest minor league response ever?