I remember the first time I tried to send out a baseball card through the mail to get it signed. It was (of course) Jose Canseco. My prized 1989 Fleer card was taken and wrapped in cellophane for protection (at the recommendation of my mom, I’m sure – I was 9 or 10 at the time and wouldn’t ever admit to such a thing!)
I hand write the letters and envelopes because that apparently is the best practice for TTM. I have one huge thing going for me – my chicken scratch writing hasn’t changed much in the past 25 years – the players may think I’m a 10 year old … with very bad handwriting!
I started thinking to myself – WOW this is going to be a *ton* of work if I keep sending out customs like this! So I decided to send some paper clippings. This picture may not make sense … YET. I will post an article later whenever show you what I have done with them.
The main challenge for me was this: If I’m sending out a lot, I don’t want a lot of time spent in making custom cards, and I don’t want to get a huge picture that I can’t cut the auto out to put in a custom cut auto card that I can make. That would be a bummer! Don’t get me wrong – any type of autograph would be fantastic, but it would mean so much more if I could create a beautiful art piece – a custom pc card out of it.
SPEAKING OF WHICH – here is a sneak peek at what I’ve been up to:
I’ve been trying to do a nice design with some cut autos. This is a nAuto … not-auto (get it? ha!) – I just printed the autograph out and created the design around it. I think it came out great. It is a little scary at how good the signature looks though.
Okay, back on point. Over the past few days, here are a few folks I’ve sent mail and email to in hopes of getting back an autograph: Donaldson, Cespedes, Gray, Will Clark, George Bush, George W Bush, Gina Carano, Pat Sajak & Vanna White, Hugh Laurie, Nick Offerman and others. I can’t wait to see what I come up with!
PLUS … I have a few things coming in the mail to me which I will be pretty excited to show once they get here. One of which being an autograph that I am getting for free from an online forum member which I will reveal soon.
Okay, back to writing letters!