You sent a picture. Maybe a baseball card. Edra Dickson and her daughter started sending a different "through the mail" autograph request to ballplayers 24 years ago. They wanted signatures on fabric that would decorate their red, white and blue tribute to baseball. It’s finally done and the Hall of Fame is interested.
There are plenty of valuable autographs contained on this piece of baseball memorabilia. But don’t bet on it being sent for authentication. You won’t find a slab big enough to hold their 4-foot by 6-foot-plus quilt.
In a story that would make Seth Swirsky, author of "Baseball Letters" proud, the 90 year-old Indiana matriarch and her retired daughter got an excellent response to their requests for signatures by mail from dozens of players, managers and broadcasters. Now, the quilt is off to the Hall of Fame where they’re hoping it gets ‘inducted’..at least temporarily.