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Condolences to all Tigers fans.
William “Gates” Brown, one of the greatest pinch-hitters of his generation, has died.
Detroit fans often saw Brown at games. He signed at team functions, long after his retirement.
In person, he was a prince.
However, www.sportscollectors.net listed just 43 successes in 80 tries over the last decade for TTM attempts. No 2013 successes were recorded.
What lessons might remain from Brown’s duality?
As recently as five years ago, Brown was including extra photos with replies. My brother mentioned that his bonus looked like a candid someone snapped. Others said that Brown wrote the photo was from his own collection, even laminating each.
Health problems or even one greedy form letter could have slowed his TTM signing generosity.
Anyone who met Brown got more than an autograph. They got an experience. A handshake, a picture posed for, a story shared — the full effort.
Give that same effort when you write any retiree. I don’t think you have to send a page of flattering lies, or a $5 bribe for a better chance at a response.
Just add two WHYs.
1. Why do they matter?
2. Why are you the most deserving writer in the pile of envelopes?
If Mr. Brown can slide into second with a mustard-drenched hot dog in his pocket, you can write a letter that counts.
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The site shows an impressive
collection of authentic autographs.
You can’t understand such a shock.
The former hurler was just 44. He wasn’t a sure thing by mail, although Castillo won the hearts of many fans and collectors by his enthusiastic in-person signing.
Only 44. That should have meant years of trying him by mail, getting him to sign IP as a coach.
But fate isn’t patient.
I can’t say it often enough. Don’t look at ages. If you want a guy’s autograph or want to send a note of thanks for a particular memory, do it now.
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These are the infrequent wake-up calls all TTMers must heed.
Lesley, a first-round draft pick for the Reds once upon a time, made it into only three card sets I know. Plus, he lived in Japan for 10 years. Two reasons to be overlooked by many collectors.
The esteemed www.sportscollectors.net had just 17 recorded TTM requests for Lesley, with 10 succeeding. The SCN count for Camp was 62 of 93.
Note that Camp had a two-year stretch of never responding, due to time in federal prison.
This message can never be repeated enough. Write to the guys you want to contact NOW. Age won’t help you determine how long you have to seek a signature, or how long they will (or won’t have) to respond.
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Joseph Michael Morgan
Joe Leonard Morgan
The first one was the manager. The second became a Hall of Famer in 1990. Different skin colors, too.
Just seeing the name “Joe Morgan” isn’t enough.
Boston’s former pilot has been branded “The Other” Joe Morgan by some collectors. Some beginners haven’t been as lucky in knowing the difference, it seems.
Ready for a shock? From the former Red Sox skipper —
“I get a ton of his cards to sign. He told me to sign them, but I never signed any after he made the Hall of Fame.
We’ve been mixed up many times — mail, hotel rooms, etc.
Boston Red Sox Mgr. 1988-91″
The HOFer has a thinner. taller “J,” then leaves off the “an” on occasion. However, Walpole Joe’s letter begs the question:
How many cards of “Little Joe,” obtained before 1990, were signed by the wrong man?
Tomorrow: More thoughts on handwritten versus typed letters.