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Old 06-22-2012, 10:07 AM
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Default TTM Autographs - Tell your success stories!

This could also go in the Pre-1980 forum, but has anyone had a lot of success with getting players/former players to sign through the mail? When I was a kid, I sent a ball off to Duke Snider (again, pre-1980, but whatever), and received it back, signed, on a day I was sick and out of school..really lifted my spirits.
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:50 PM
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This could also go in the Pre-1980 forum, but has anyone had a lot of success with getting players/former players to sign through the mail? When I was a kid, I sent a ball off to Duke Snider (again, pre-1980, but whatever), and received it back, signed, on a day I was sick and out of school..really lifted my spirits.
Haha I wish, but nah I never had any success post 1980 trying that. My gramps got a Nolan Ryan signed ball, but that was in person and not from sending it in haha, however he does have a lot of stories from the late 50's, many which have him sending a note into a famouse ball player and the player sending back an autograph. Of course his mother threw those out along with all of his old baseball cards!
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:51 PM
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Was a hardcore ttm guy for years, really 1986 through about 2009. Many years I sent out over 1000 requests. When the success rate began running less than 30%, it became a colossal waste of time and stamps to me.
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Old 06-23-2012, 06:57 AM
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I sent my first ttm in June 5. Here are my stats: 28 sent, most with two cards in each (one card from each set I thought I'd try). I have received autos from Will Clark, Jimmy Key, Zane Smith, and David Nied. Will Clark and Jimmy Key both only returned one of the two cards. I have had one envelope returned with the wrong address (Jeff Kent).

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When the success rate began running less than 30%, it became a colossal waste of time and stamps to me.
I suspect that I'm going to realize I lack the patience to keep this up. I'm finding it a little painful to research the addresses, write the envelopes and the note requesting the auto, and purchase the stamps. I need a fairly steady reward to go thru that effort... So far I'm still trying it though

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Old 06-25-2012, 11:27 AM
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I started a thread in the autograph forum about this:

http://net54baseball.com/showthread.php?t=152935

I had no idea what "TTM" meant until I opened this thread.

I think my success ratio was a bit higher than 30% -- more like 50-60% -- because I chose players based on the realistic probability they would respond to the request. There used to be a list I would reference and it was very accurate, down to the average turnaround time.

The downside was getting auto's from average players (i.e. Adam Kennedy, Mark Wohlers).

I did get some good ones: Tim Hudson, Mike Mussina, etc.
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Old 06-25-2012, 02:45 PM
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Back in the mid 90s I sent out a bunch of requests and did surprisingly well (probably about 60%). I got back Kenny Lofton, Andy Pettite, Paul Molitor, Edgar Martinez, Tino Martinez, Reggie Jefferson, Jorge Posada. I also learned the harsh reality that some players couldn't sign the cards I sent out (John Olerud, Larry Walker) due to contractual obligations.

I also sent some hockey out as well and came back with Mario Lemieux, Felix Potvin, Sergei Federov.

I plowed through envelopes and stamps like crazy, since I included a SASE. But I was always thrilled to see my own hand written envelope make it back to my mailbox.
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:36 PM
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Back in the 80's SCD routinely printed player addresses for autograph requests. They had a regular columnist for it. I only sent out a few, but I think I was 100% on getting responses. The only thing about getting them in the mail was you were never absolutely sure you were getting an authentic autograph.

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Old 06-25-2012, 09:58 PM
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I have been sending TTM's since April and I have gotten well over 100 back so far. I signed up on sportscollectors.net to see who signs and also I can track my successes and failures. I think it costs $15 for a year.

I also ordered the Harvey Meiselman lists as well to help find some of the harder addresses.

I send to almost anyone that I have a spare card for. I have got some good returns. I will admit that there are a few I paid the fee for as well.

I also put up vidoes of my returns on Youtube. Here is a link

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...2&feature=plcp
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:07 PM
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did them in the early 90s was never hardcore just sent to stadiums and arenas a few baseball/hockey/football. the success was pretty high.

i started back recently but the return rate has been really low...like 10-15%. granted i'm writing to retired guys from the 90's. i've only gotten back 3...2 sure things in andy benes and gregg olson, and a dale murphy.

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Was a hardcore ttm guy for years, really 1986 through about 2009. Many years I sent out over 1000 requests. When the success rate began running less than 30%, it became a colossal waste of time and stamps to me.
jeff do you still have these? i'm looking for rookie or early year cards of a bunch of guys in this period (1989-1991).
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:30 AM
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Here is my stats since April

Sent 268 TTM's
3 Failures Return to Sender
163 Returns
102 still out. This includes several I just sent

I highly recommend using some kind of a site that shows who is signing such as sportscollectors.net. Ive also looked at fanmail.biz but it seems more actor/entertainment oriented.

With that being said I do plan to try some of the harder guys eventually so I am sure my averages may go down a bit. I also have several still out from the first bunch I sent that I may be lucky to get a return from. Still hoping for a few of those.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:33 AM
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I also wanted to add that I plan on working on some late 80's early 90's sets as a project starting over the next few weeks. I have a ton of 91 Topps and Fleer Ultra. I would also like to get some 87 Topps signed as well.

I am also working on the 2005 Topps All American Football set and I have several of those already signed.
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