It seems impossible to those who stick self-addressed, stamped envelopes in the mail today.
Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers answering mail--some of it sent to their homes.
But back in the late 1970s and early 80s, most stars past and present were fairly good at returning your card. Your photo. Even your autographed baseball. There were fewer people sending them letters and the values hadn't gotten to the point where some athletes soured on fan mail.
Rob Vanstone was one of those guys taking pen in hand as a young man in Canada...sending off dozens and dozens of letters each year. Most of his items came back signed--and some even included a personal note. He takes a trip down memory lane in this column.
You can see photos of his collection here.