Getting a player’s autograph on your baseball card, ball, hat, jersey, or any other piece of sports memorabilia is a time-honored tradition for young sports fans. They’ve been celebrated in classic movies like The Sandlot, sold for thousands of dollars, and generally been a staple of a sports fan’s life growing up.
At some point or another you’ve probably wished you had an athlete’s signature, or have seen your kid pining away over getting his favorite player’s autograph. So how do you go about it?
Get To The Game Early
Whether it’s batting practice or some other pregame warmups, you’re likely going to have to get to the park or stadium hours early to get a really good shot at not only getting down to the level of the players, but also doing so while they’re in the mood to sign autographs. Understand that you may have great seats, but immediately before the game players most likely don’t want that distraction.
Pick A Game Against A Bad Team
Why? Because fewer fans equals less competition. This works especially well if you’re in a city with a perennially bad team, and the player whose autograph you want is on the visiting team. You’ll stand out if you’re wearing his team’s gear, and there will simply be fewer people asking for autographs.
Bide Your Time
Sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Your favorite player isn’t signing autographs that day, or he just doesn’t sign as many as usual. Don’t stress! If you have an opportunity to get a different autograph, take it, and wait for another chance to come around. It’s all about planning out your approach, but sometimes you’ll just have bad luck. Another game you might get it with ease.
Write A Letter
If you’re still having trouble snagging that autograph you really want, then why not write a letter? Many players will send autographs through the mail, and you might be surprised to find out how many take the time to answer those fan letters.
Some tips for requesting through the mail:
- Write it out! Don’t type the letter that you’re sending, even if it’s gushing with fandom. A handwritten letter is more personal, and it shows that you’re willing to put in a little effort to get the autograph. Players are people too, and that personal touch makes it more likely they’ll respond.
- What doesn’t? A letter that’s been typed out and feels like a form. Regardless of how personal it is, a typed letter could always allow you to just delete a name and replace it with another. That looks like you’re an autograph mercenary, not someone who genuinely wants their signature because you’re such a fan.
- Keep it brief, but show you’re a true fan. You don’t have to list off their statistics from their rookie year, but maybe tell them why you like watching them so much. Maybe there’s a great play they made that you specifically remember from a year or two ago. That kind of detail can mean a lot to a player.
So in conclusion, take your chances at the game or through the mail, and you might just end up with that dream autograph. And when you do, check out the cases at BallQube for a beautiful, durable way to show off your new signature!