Chicago Cub Kris Bryant pursues personalizations

Posted February 26th, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Chicago Cubs, Cubs Convention, Kris Bryant
Did Bryant insist on personalizing
all autographs at the 2015 Cubs Convention,
too? Kudos to,
for great looks at the latest signers!

Cub Kris Bryant wants to be close to his fans.

From recent reports on, expect all TTM autographs to be personalized.
I pray that no one takes this free-signing rising star for granted. I’ve feared that someone tuned into future resale value will request no personalization.
I hope such fan mail never arrives. Once that happens, that smoking-gun letter will be evidence enough for another player to slam the door on all autograph collectors. 
Be careful what you wish for, says the fortune cookie.

Envelope Art? Art-elope? Here’s one hobbyist’s fan mail tip for getting opened!

Posted February 23rd, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in art-elope, envelope art, envelopes, Zenus Barnes

I love sequels.

Have you checked out the great comment received from the Thursday post about envelopes?
It’s okay. Go now. We’ll wait.
Welcome back!
The artist in question is Zenus Barnes. Here’s an example:
Or, this one:
Zenus adds:
“My art on these has been an ongoing thing as I didn’t start out as the best artist. They have been a fun project though that at times the daughter helps with.”
I think a fun deficit is one of the prime reasons collectors drop out of the hobby. Sending out letters becomes a chore. And, if you’re having fun, the person opening the envelope might feel the same.
Also, Zenus uses the phrase “best artist.” Envelope decorating isn’t done to win awards or earn a gallery exhibition. Forget fear and embarrassment. If you want your envelope to look like all the other envelopes, your letter might get treated like all the other letters. As in, getting ignored.
Thank you for the inspiration, Zenus!

Try the Publishers Clearing House game plan for increased fan mail success

No envelopes scream, “PLEASE, OPEN ME!” like
the mailings from PCH. Learn from them.

I enjoyed a recent online conversation with a collector I encountered on the always-amazing

Someone wanted to expand his success by focusing on Christian baseball players and Bible verse autographs.
I think it’s great any time a collector adopts a special project or a specialty. I’ve seen too many hobbyists give up entirely after wanting one of EVERYTHING.
The one tip I neglected?
End, don’t start, with the letter.
Make your presence known with the envelope. 
Why can’t a Christian collector jot a Bible verse on the back of his envelope?
Or, if you’re trying to build a collection of Cardinals autographs, consider adding “Redbirds Fan” beneath your return address. For the artistically-challenged, splurge for some return address labels with pictures.
Colorful stickers. Rubber stamps. There’s so many extra chances to stand out.
The window clerk at our local post office listened to my wife’s question about decorating Christmas envelopes, providing that the address can be clearly seen and the appropriate postage checked and cancelled. Is it okay?
“Hey…decorate away!” he said.
Someone might help a current or former player sort the mail. Do all the envelopes look alike?
Make the effort. Let it show on the envelope. Let the athlete know how much you want a reply.