In the Fall of 2016, I had a ton of cards from various 80s wax boxes that I ripped and needed something to do with them. While on twitter, I saw posts that showed autographed cards that were signed through the mail. This practice has been around for awhile, but I never attempted to send any cards out for signature. With the help of @Beansbcardblog and @autographblog, I had the basic concept of what to do.
In September 2016 I sent out my first set of envelopes and haven’t looked back. For the most part, I send to former baseball, football and hockey players. I will send to current players, but during their season only.
In 2017, I began working on a long term project. I decided to try to get the entire 1989 Topps set signed. This set is very special to me. Its the 1st set that I collected as a boy. My mom gave me my 1st packs and began my card collecting. I love the design and the cards look really sharp signed. Also, there is a ton of this product available for TTM purposes.
TTM or through the mail writing has become a big part of the hobby for me. This can be cheap if you do it correctly. It’s an easy process and can be a fun project during the long Winters. Addresses can be found online on several sites. I recommend Sports Card Forum (free site) and Sports Card Network ($15 yearly fee).
TTM Writing Checklist:
* Two sizes of envelopes
* note pad
* stamps for both envelopes
* semi rigid holder (optional)
* plain index cards (optional)
You need tow different size envelopes; No. 10 envelope (9.5 inches) and smaller No. 6 3/4 envelope for the return. I always buy security envelopes. Also, for the smaller return envelopes, I buy the press and seal to make it easier for the players.
I always write a simple note. Players get a lot of mail and I do not want to take up too much of their time. I keep it short and courteous. If it’s a player that I have a connection with, I’ll add that as well. I keep my letters short, but everyone has their own methods.
An example of my letter:
“Dear Mr. _________
Will you please sign my enclosed cards? These cards are for my own collection. Thank you for your time.
You need stamps for both envelopes. I always use a single forever stamp; never had a problem. For addresses in Canada, I use a single International stamp (currently $1.20 US) for each envelope.
Semi Rigid Holder:
This is optional. I want the cards to be protected a little. I use the semi rigid holders (graded card submission holders). They are cheap and can be re-used if players return them.
I always toss an index card in each envelope. Sometimes the player will sign them. I consider it a bonus autograph. I always send plain white cards.
*** hand write everything ***
I cannot stress this enough, I always hand write everything. It makes it more personable and shows effort. TTM writing is a fun and can be cheap if done smartly. I hope this post helps a little. I received help and want to pay it forward.