It’s the best way to take your hobby up a level.
I’ve been astounded at the willingness of the AAGPBL players to keep signing by mail, even in their 80s (and beyond).
Of course, all collectors want perfect records. How could I do better?
I asked the question of Carol Sheldon, an accomplished collector and learned fan of the girls league. I’d call her scholarly. Through the years, she’s become close friends with many former players. In fact, she serves on the board of the alumni association.
These players never got any pension. Some played only one season (or less). Being retirees, would they appreciate any money with a letter?
I’m grateful for Carol’s reply:
“The ladies would probably send the $5 back with the autograph! I always sent an SASE before and after I got to know them. Sometimes they would send that back too ! The only thing most won’t sign is a 3×5 index card.”
I think here’s one better tip than adding a tip …
Write a thoughtful letter. Sure, politeness pays. However, prove that you know something about the league. All of the retirees have Wikipedia bios. Or, go to the official www.aagpbl.org site. Note the team they played for or something specific about the years they played.
Many of these women are former teachers. They’ll appreciate a personal, creative effort. In turn, I’m betting you’ll get some of the best responses ever.