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!