In our last blog post, we looked at how you can obtain athlete and celebrity autographs through the mail. Keep in mind that there are some best practices to consider and mistakes to avoid. If you’re seriously interested in turning this into a hobby, you will need every advantage and piece of advice you can get. Keep reading to learn more.
- Send a handwritten letter instead of one that’s typed – It’s common for collectors to tire after writing one letter after the next. Wouldn’t it make sense to just use a printed template and make one or two adjustments when sending mail to your favorite celebrities? It most certainly would. However, handwritten letters give more personally and show that you genuinely care. Think of yourself as the recipient for a moment. You receive two pieces of fan mail. One contains a handwritten letter while the other is typed. Which would you prefer?
- Protect those cards – Through the mail autographs are appealing in part because of their affordability. For a dollar and change (on postage and envelopes), you can acquire an autograph that may be worth hundreds of dollars (in rare cases). That said, be sure to invest in products that protect your cards. Let’s say, for example, that you’re located in California and are sending to a celebrity in New York. The last thing you want is to get a signed card back that has significant damage from the postal service. It’s why we recommend using toploaders as extra protection. You can get about 50 of them for little more than $5. Toploaders will prevent your cards from bending in transit.
- Send only what you can afford to lose – This hobby is a bit of a gamble. You can do everything correctly and never see your item again. With that in mind, stick to small items that you wouldn’t be brokenhearted over losing. It’s probably not a good idea to mail a jersey or other valuable piece of memorabilia.
- Stick to one or two items – Some athletes and celebrities are incredibly gracious toward their fans. They will literally sign one thing after the next. Still, don’t be greedy and think you can get 50 cards of them signed TTM. One thing all athletes and celebrities agree on is that they don’t like autograph dealers or those who seem like they are. Two items should be the maximum.
- Be mindful of fake autographs – Over the last handful of years, autograph authentication has gotten a lot of attention. Collectors and dealers want to know that their autographs are indeed legitimate. The sad reality is that many celebrities have secretaries or assistants who sign on their behalf. Though these secretarial and pre-printed signatures look like the real deal, they’re basically worthless. So if you happen to receive a few TTM success from big names, you may want to do some research of your own. There are also a few authentication companies that will look at the autograph and determine if it’s real or fake.
- Keep track of your requests – Obtaining TTM autographs can be a very rewarding hobby. Just be sure to create a database for tracking purposes, especially if you’re mailing out dozens of requests at a time. It’s a good idea to track celebrity names, addresses, and date sent, at the very least. Feel free to add shipping, envelope, stamp, and card cost if you really want to get serious about it.
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It’s no question that we still rely on envelopes for business and fun on a daily basis. Our team at Worcester Envelope Company wants to ensure that your message is received, opened, and acted on.
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