Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Al Kaline-Through the Mail

As mentioned on a few of my previous threads, I have recently become interested in the idea of obtaining autographs through the mail.  There is a quite a bit of research involved in deciding which former athletes to send my items to, as I don't want to be spending money or using unsigned items on guys I have little to no chance of receiving anything from.  So far, this has paid off because up until this point I was 4/4 by sending things to Dirk Nowitzki, Ryne Sandberg, Wade Boggs, and Bobby Doerr.  You can read about all of those ventures and what I got signed by looking back on this blog.  Back on the 17th of January, I decided to mail an 8x10 photo to former Major Leaguer and Hall of Famer Al Kaline.  I chose a photo rather than my preferred choice of official baseball since I read on forums that Mr. Kaline won't sign baseballs through the mail.  As such, I found a photo I thought was cool, and sent it to the proper address using the correct channels.  I selected a photo in which I decided that if I was successful getting Mr. Kaline to sign, then I'd also have the pitcher in the photo (Bob Gibson) sign it as well at one of his numerous local signings he does.  Last night, I received this in the mail;
He signed it to the left of himself in the photo at my request, which is awesome because now I'm going to be able to have Mr. Gibson sign it as well, preferably below the mound.  When it's all said and done, I'll have this framed and have two Hall of Famers on one photo. Thank you for reading!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Nolan Ryan private signing

I recently received a ball from a private signing Orange County Sports Cards held with Nolan Ryan.  I always keep an eye on upcoming signings both of the public and private variety.  If the price is right, I don't mind adding people to my collection, particularly major league baseball hall of famers.  I actually placed my order a few months ago, and the ball came in the mail Christmas Eve, as a nice little gift.  As you can see in the photo below, I chose the Hall of Fame baseball to be signed underneath the HOF logo, as opposed to a regular ball signed on the sweet spot.  The ball is also authenticated by Ryan's company.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Through the Mail- Bobby Doerr

The fourth item I sent out using the through the mail strategy I started a couple months ago was delivered in the mail today.  I sent an official Rawlings Major League Baseball to former Red Sox great Bobby Doerr.  Mr. Doerr is the oldest living member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, at the young age of 98.  I had read that Mr. Doerr was fantastic about signing everything through the mail, and I happen to think it's awesome that at his age he's so willing to respond to fan mail and fulfill autograph requests.  Here is a photo of how the ball turned out.
I am now 4 for 4 on everything I have sent out, and plan on doing more research online to see which players are good at responding to these requests.  Mr. Doerr brings my Hall of Fame baseball number to 35, and mail successes now include this, Ryne Sandberg, Wade Boggs, and Dirk Nowitzki.  Thank you for reading.


Friday, November 4, 2016

Ryne Sandberg Through the Mail

Something arrived in my mailbox yesterday with perfect timing, as the Chicago Cubs had just won the World Series for the first time since 1908 the day prior.  I sent a baseball to Ryne Sandberg back on October 20th, and the former Cubs great (and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer) sent me the ball back signed.  This is my third success out of three tries with the through the mail autograph website I'd stumbled across previously.  I currently have a fourth baseball out to another Hall of Famer, but it looks to perhaps have been lost in transit.  Here is the photo of the Sandberg ball;

Friday, October 28, 2016

Bill Mazeroski

I've mentioned the website before, but I like to use signings as a website to get a lot of information on which sports athletes (and some celebrities) are signing and when/where they are signing.  There are filters you can use to narrow down what exactly you're looking for, from which teams, states, and even types of award winners.  As I have quite the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame project going on, I've been keeping an eye on some private signings going on around the country.  As such, I came across a signing in Pennsylvania by a company called Total Sports Enterprises, which can be found Here.  They had a very affordable signing with Pirate legend Bill Mazeroski.  The ball came in the mail yesterday signed on the sweet spot with HOF 01, as well as JSA in the presence verification.
Mazeroski is a player I highly doubt would make it out west at any time for a signing, so I figured this was an affordable and trustworthy way of adding him to my collection.  The signings hotline website is a must for those in the hobby, and is bountiful in terms of information.  Thanks for reading.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Through the Mail- Wade Boggs

As I did on my last post with Dirk Nowitzki, I sent a something through the mail to the address of Wade Boggs, hoping to land a nice signature.  I've done quite a bit of research on which players are most apt to sign, so I figured I'd give Wade a shot as well, seeing that he seemed to have over a 90% success rate with this endeavor.  This one cost a bit more as shipping a major league baseball is a bit costlier than an 8x10 photo, plus the cost of the ball itself.  Earlier this week I received the Nowitzki photo, and yesterday it was a nice surprise to see the package I had sent shoved into my mailbox.  I hurried back into the house, cut open the envelope, and found this beauty;
This brings the number of Major League Baseball Hall of Famers I have signed baseballs from to thirty two.  The list is as follows;
-Don Sutton
-Ozzie Smith
-Andre Dawson
-Ken Griffey Jr.
-Phil Niekro
-Gary Carter
-Eddie Murray
-Stan Musial
-Willie Mays
-Lou Brock
-Yogi Berra
-Paul Molitor
-Frank Thomas
-Jim Palmer
-Joe Morgan x2
-Frank Robinson
-Juan Marichal
-Brooks Robinson
-Johnny Bench
-Fergie Jenkins
-Rod Carew
-Steve Carlton
-Carlton Fisk
-Tony Perez
-Tony Gwynn x2
-Goose Gossage
-Bert Blyleven
-Gaylord Perry x2
-Greg Maddux x2
-Rollie Fingers x3
-Randy Johnson

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Through the Mail-Dirk Nowitzki

I tried something new recently, and sent an 8x10 photo to Dallas Mavericks star and future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki.  I sent this photo through the mail, because I had come across a website which serves as a database for athletes and their "through the mail" signing habits.  Through this website, I saw that Dirk had a success rate of 100%, which means that whatever people send he signs and sends back.  As this was my first attempt in doing this venture, I researched what to do and how best to maximize my probability of getting an autograph back.  I purchased an 8x10 photo for five or six bucks, mailed a self addressed stamped envelope, and hoped for the best.  I sent the photo out to the Dallas Mavericks facility on September 10th, so you can imagine my surprise when I picked up my mail yesterday and found an envelope.  Inside was this photo...
I have to say, that's a pretty nice autograph to get at little cost through the mail from a player of Dirk Nowitzki's status.  I'm obviously going to matte and frame it and make it a real nice piece to display somewhere in my man cave.  I want to thank Dirk Nowitzki for being real cool about signing this photo.  The reviews of him being a good guy with fans and a good signer were 100% accurate in my case.