By John Vairin
In today’s economy, we are all trying to stretch our money to make ends meet. Because of this, not many of us are able to put aside much money for autograph collecting. However, one great way to get autographs on a budget is by collecting through the mail. Many former MLB players are great
signers, and it costs nothing more than a couple stamps postage to get a card signed.
Yankee collectors are among the most passionate in the hobby and we’ve got some info on some notable players who do sign for free through the mail. At the bottom of the article is a link to my book where you can find the addresses to use for your requests. Be sure to include the correct return postage on the self-addressed, stamped envelope you send along with your items.
Scott Brosius 3B 98-01 NYY
Scott Brosius was one of the most beloved players to play for the Yankees in the 90s and 2000s, winning the World Series MVP award in 1998. Brosius signs cards for free through Linfield College, where is is now the coach. According to collectors, he usually takes between 3-5 months to respond to his autograph
requests, and is best reached after the college baseball season ends in June.
Jimmy Key P 93-96 NYY
Key had a memorable pitching run with the Yankees in the mid-90s. He had a great year in his first season with the Yankees, with 173 strikeouts, a career high. In the next season, which was shortened by the infamous 1994 strike, Key led the league with 17 wins. He usually takes no more than 2 weeks to respond to autograph requests. He has signed large flats and baseballs sent to him at no charge through the mail, but will sign only one item per envelope.
Al Downing P 61-69 NYY
In 1964, Al Downing led the league with 217 strikeouts, and was an All-Star in 1967. According to collectors, he has lately been a very fast mail signer, taking no more than two weeks. Downing signs cards and large flats sent to him for free through the mail, but refuses to sign index cards (so don’t send him any of
Bobby Shantz P 57-60 NYY
Shantz was one of the best pitchers of his time, having three All-Star appearances in his career and winning a World Series with the Yankees in 1958.According to collectors, Shantz is very quick to
respond, usually taking under ten days to respond to most of his mail. He has signed large flats and baseballs sent to him for no fee.
Danny Tartabull RF 92-95 NYY
While Tartabull didn’t have as memorable of a run with the Yankees as he did previously in his career, he is probably most remembered for his enormous (at the time) $5 million contract he was given. According to collectors, Tartabull usually takes around 4-7 weeks, but sometimes can be as quick as two weeks, to respond to autograph requests. He has signed large flats sent to him for no fee.
Ken Holtzman P 76-78 NYY
According to collectors, Holtzman takes between 1-4 months to respond to his autograph requests. He signs only one card per envelope, and for some reason refuses to sign index cards or his rookie card.
In my publication, 131 Retired Baseball Greats Who Sign For Free Through The Mail, I discuss many more baseball names who sign. You can get it for $9.99 by ordering at http://www.sportssigsbymail.com.