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    I used to send ttms all the time as a child. I had some success back then with it. Even got Dan Marino and Grant Hill to respond. I'm thinking about doing it with my children as I'm slowly converting them to the hobby. Was hoping someone has had success and could maybe share their story with me. Things like good targets that will write back,what's ideal to send and how long the wait time is. Any advice is appreciated as I'm a newbie to the new scene. Thanks in advanced.
    I buy the card not the grade!. My want list gets updated way to frequently to be consistent.

    I am always in the market for Cards,Any Alabama player current or former(football only), current or former St Louis Cardinals especially Albert Pujols,Matt Carpenter,Stephen Piscotty and Mark Mcgwire,Grant Hill and other duke blue devil. Also set building 2013 bowman chrome mini in numbered refractors.

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    I usually like to send out right now to Major League players at their Spring Training Facility. We've had moderate success. I always send a SASE and a couple cards to sign. I also send out a letter to all the Major league teams requesting a fan kit and those usually come back with stickers and Player photos. I also send a SASE to them also which some use or others just put your envelope into a bigger envelope. I always have my kids write down the players name and the date sent and that way we can track how long it takes to get something back. I know when I was younger I sent one to Mike Schmidt and it actually came back with a hand written letter, two years later. Let us know how it goes!!!

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    • #3
      I've done the same thing with my boys. The best returners are 70's and 80's players who, unfortunately, aren't as well known by your kids. I have found Billy Sample is a great person who will write to your kids, too. Many of the guys who are very dedicated to their faith like Frank Tanana and Doug Jones love responding to kids. Current guys are a little tough due to their commitments. Pat Neshek is awesome for the current guys. He will return your cards and if you send him some of your extras of other players that were signed, he will give you more of his. He is an autograph collector, too.
      Last edited by ucffans; 03-06-2016, 02:55 PM.
      Favorite baseball players include: Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Kirby Puckett, Pete Rose, Tyler Colvin Mark Appel
      Favorite football players include: Peyton Manning, John Elway, Daunte Culpepper, Mike Alstott, Blake Bortles, and Dri Archer
      Collecting: 2012 Topps Mini 1987 topps... non-certified autos (in person or through the mail), autographed cards with bible verses

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      • #4
        Here is a list of top signers - some of these players are deceased.

        1 Doerr, Bobby 2417 2494 96%
        2 Anderson, Sparky 2021 2096 96%
        3 Snider, Duke 1511 1719 87%
        4 Kaline, Al 1472 1800 81%
        5 Anderson, Garret 1453 1617 89%
        6 Moyer, Jamie 1302 1400 93%
        7 Buehrle, Mark 1262 1589 79%
        8 Mussina, Mike 1257 1509 83%
        9 Cey, Ron 1185 1210 97%
        10 Gossage, Rich "Goose" 1126 1253 89%
        11 Kell, George 1121 1155 97%
        12 LaRussa, Tony 1052 1202 87%
        13 Neshek, Pat 978 992 98%
        14 Erskine, Carl 956 981 97%
        15 Thomson, Bobby 950 991 95%
        16 Tanana, Frank 929 949 97%
        17 Shantz, Bobby 887 898 98%
        18 Roberts, Robin 887 944 93%
        19 Valenzuela, Fernando 879 1049 83%
        20 Ausmus, Brad 878 921 95%
        21 Herzog, Whitey 873 996 87%
        22 Musial, Stan 867 1079 80%
        23 Bonilla, Bobby 844 963 87%
        24 Trucks, Virgil 843 863 97%
        25 Hamilton, Josh 828 1018 81%
        26 Larsen, Don 814 876 92%
        27 Dawson, Andre 791 939 84%
        28 Bunning, Jim 782 923 84%
        29 Rosen, Al 767 789 97%
        30 Thome, Jim 766 1141 67%
        31 Bowa, Larry 762 810 94%
        32 Cameron, Mike 746 1036 72%
        33 Drabek, Doug 736 786 93%
        34 Hough, Charlie 734 775 94%
        35 Nathan, Joe 729 795 91%
        36 Reardon, Jeff 726 890 81%
        37 Reuschel, Rick 723 749 96%
        38 Prior, Mark 721 1066 67%
        39 Grace, Mark 709 890 79%
        40 Dempster, Ryan 704 767 91%
        41 Smith, Lonnie 694 716 96%
        42 Face, Elroy "Roy" 684 691 98%
        43 Groat, Dick 684 756 90%
        44 Lonborg, Jim 681 692 98%
        45 Brunansky, Tom 677 718 94%
        46 Niekro, Phil 674 1158 58%
        47 Macphail, Lee 672 703 95%
        48 Feller, Bob 657 757 86%
        49 Virdon, Bill 656 665 98%
        50 Gagne, Greg 634 647 97%
        Favorite baseball players include: Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Kirby Puckett, Pete Rose, Tyler Colvin Mark Appel
        Favorite football players include: Peyton Manning, John Elway, Daunte Culpepper, Mike Alstott, Blake Bortles, and Dri Archer
        Collecting: 2012 Topps Mini 1987 topps... non-certified autos (in person or through the mail), autographed cards with bible verses

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        • #5
          Thanks so much for the input guys. Is that list all free signers or is there a donation to be made somewhere?
          I buy the card not the grade!. My want list gets updated way to frequently to be consistent.

          I am always in the market for Cards,Any Alabama player current or former(football only), current or former St Louis Cardinals especially Albert Pujols,Matt Carpenter,Stephen Piscotty and Mark Mcgwire,Grant Hill and other duke blue devil. Also set building 2013 bowman chrome mini in numbered refractors.

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          • #6
            Most are free - here are the ones I would recommend that I know are free:

            1 Doerr, Bobby 2417 2494 96%

            5 Anderson, Garret 1453 1617 89%
            6 Moyer, Jamie 1302 1400 93%
            7 Buehrle, Mark 1262 1589 79%
            8 Mussina, Mike 1257 1509 83%
            9 Cey, Ron 1185 1210 97%

            12 LaRussa, Tony 1052 1202 87%
            13 Neshek, Pat 978 992 98%
            14 Erskine, Carl 956 981 97%

            16 Tanana, Frank 929 949 97%

            19 Valenzuela, Fernando 879 1049 83%
            20 Ausmus, Brad 878 921 95%

            25 Hamilton, Josh 828 1018 81%

            31 Bowa, Larry 762 810 94%
            32 Cameron, Mike 746 1036 72%
            33 Drabek, Doug 736 786 93%
            34 Hough, Charlie 734 775 94%
            35 Nathan, Joe 729 795 91%
            36 Reardon, Jeff 726 890 81%
            37 Reuschel, Rick 723 749 96%

            39 Grace, Mark 709 890 79%
            40 Dempster, Ryan 704 767 91%

            43 Groat, Dick 684 756 90%
            44 Lonborg, Jim 681 692 98%
            45 Brunansky, Tom 677 718 94%

            49 Virdon, Bill 656 665 98%
            50 Gagne, Greg 634 647 97%
            Favorite baseball players include: Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Kirby Puckett, Pete Rose, Tyler Colvin Mark Appel
            Favorite football players include: Peyton Manning, John Elway, Daunte Culpepper, Mike Alstott, Blake Bortles, and Dri Archer
            Collecting: 2012 Topps Mini 1987 topps... non-certified autos (in person or through the mail), autographed cards with bible verses

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