Q: How do you make those index cards that you get signed?
A: It's very simple really. First of all, I buy plain white index cards with no lines on either side. You can buy a pack of 100 for less than a dollar at Wal-Mart or any similar store. I then use Microsoft Word (or you can use any similar word processor), and under "Page Setup," I set the margins equal to that of a 3" x 5" index card. I then divide the card into two columns. On one side, I put a nice, large photo of the player that I find on the internet using a search engine like Google. On the other side, I put the player's name, team, and/or position while also leaving room for him to sign. I then insert the card into the printer, and just like that, you've got a nice looking, easy-to-make customized index card!
Q: Do you send your requests to the player's home address or to the school?
A: I send almost all of my requests - unless otherwise noted - to the Athletic Department at the player's school. On occassion, I will send a request to a player's home address.
Q: Where do I find addresses for the Athletic Departments?
A: Most of the addresses I use have actually been compiled into one convenient list here on this site, which you can see by clicking the "Adresses" link on the left column. However, you can find any Athletic Department's address you like by simply visiting that school's website.
Q: How do I address the envelope when I'm sending a request to a player's school?
A: There are different ways to do this, but I usually address the envelope like this:
c/o University of (School) (Sport)
City, State ZIP
Q: What do I include in my autograph request to a player?
A: There are several items you should include: (a) a letter to the player, (b) something for the player to sign, and (c) a self-addressed stamped envelope. Most people agree that a short, hand-written note is better than a typed letter of any length. This shows the player that you actually took time to write them personally. Keep in mind, though, that they are likely very busy with school, sports, and other events, so don't make it too lengthy. I generally keep my letters around a half-dozen sentences, which usually amounts to about a half-page. As far as what you can include for the player to sign, that is totally up to you. The main advice I have on this is two-fold: don't include anything you can't afford to live without because there's no guarantee it's coming back; and don't send more than two or three items to be signed. Finally, always include the SASE to make it convenient for the player to return your request. This is essential. Without it, you can probably expect very, very few successes.
Q: Does (so-and-so) sign?
A: The best way to find out whether a particular person signs is to look through my successes on the "Collection" page. If you don't see anything there, try visiting the message board to see what others have to say!
Q: Will you sell/trade me an autograph?
A: No. I will never sell nor trade any autographs I obtain. I do this for my own personal enjoyment, not for profit or trade.
Q: I have an autograph-related website of my own. Will you swap links with me?
A: Absolutely. Just contact me, and we'll get that done ASAP!