Corey Koskie has an impressive baseball resume. His season highs of 26 homers and 103 RBI came in 2001. He sports a career batting average of .275 for a nine-year career.
That’s why I wince saying his current average is .153.
No, that’s not a batting average. It’s a through-the-mail average. I quote from the ever-amazing www.sportscollectors.net. I’ve been a proud member for YEARS.
One of the many features SCN offers is the ability for collectors to track their TTM
attempts. The record says that 85 collectors have contacted Mr. Koskie by mail since 1999. Of those tries, 13 were successes. The last success came in 2011.
In other words, TTM collectors succeeded just 16 percent of the time getting an autograph from this member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
I wanted to know more. How does Corey Koskie feel about signing autographs by mail?
“To answer your question,” he wrote, “I don’t like it, for a couple of reasons. I don’t like stuff being mailed to my address. Secondly, I hardly get to the letters and open them. Too many bills to pay. (smiley face).”
I appreciate Mr. Koskie’s honesty. Save your stamps. Then, ponder this:
How many former players might sign, if they could keep fan mail separate from their personal, every-day mail.
Back in the 1990s, I spent some time with Al Kaline at a Portland card show.
I asked him if there was more than one way to reach him by mail for an autograph.
Kaline started counting on his fingers. Besides his home address, Kaline received mail sent in care of:
- The Tigers
- The station (he was a broadcaster then)
- The Hall of Fame
I smiled and said that was nice. His smile started to fade. Kaline told me his family used bushel baskets to keep all the mail sorted. Kaline’s property tax almost didn’t get paid on time that year. The vital bill got lost in a sea of fan mail.
In his case, non-home addresses didn’t lighten Kaline’s TTM workload. Would retirees like Corey Koskie, however, appreciate the added privacy an “in care of” address might provide?
What do you think, readers?