If the carrier stepped inside, she would find the reason: Van Buren Avenue is the unlikely headquarters for an ongoing effort to collect the home address of every living major league baseball player, umpire, manager and coach.
She would also find the solitary man behind the effort: Jack Smalling, a widowed year-old crop insurance salesman.
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On Tuesday, Mr. Smalling started collecting autographs in and soon began constructing the address list to help fellow collectors send requests to players. He has more thanautographs in his personal collection.
The 15th edition of his address list goes out into a different world from earlier editions, one fearful of online and offline stalkers, and more protective of dwindling privacy. Louis publication after it printed the home addresses of some current and former players.
But Mr. Smalling, laboring in his Ames basement, seems oblivious to the paranoia of the Internet age. You could just find it on your own. The number of outdated or inaccurate addresses on the list is unknown. The list, he said, includes 94 percent of the players who have a residence in the 50 states, Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands. Foreign-born players are tricky. Then there are the players with multiple homes, like Alex Rodriguez, and the players who frequently move.
Smalling said, referring to two former pitchers. Smalling maintains some old-fashioned tactics. He sends blue postcards promoting the book to players and umpires and salmon postcards to people who may buy the book.
For 28 cents I can find out if the address works. Sometimes he receives replies from players or umpires. The Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, among others, has been generous in responding to requests for autographs. Some players remain elusive, despite Mr. Few have. Howard played games in the big leagues over four seasons in the s. Perhaps he has received a postcard from Van Buren Avenue, the address where Mr.Com was started in to fill a great void for through the mail autograph collectors, and that included me because I have been an autograph collector since Our mission was, and continues to this very day to include 3 interrelated parts:.
My main goal is that the address lists we produce have to be the highest quality available for collectors. The initial address research is done using only the most reliable search engines, not the free Internet ones like ZabaSearch, WhitePages and others where old, old addresses are kept in their database for years and updating is done very infrequently.
We start out researching the most current addresses, confirmed by full names and date of birth and then submitting our address database to companies who update them against a National Change of Address Database three to four times a year to make sure they stay up to date. But this is not a perfect world, and athletes move frequently. When you receive an RTS envelope, please notify us by email and we will do our best to update that address within 3 business days, the fastest update turnaround time in the industry.
Since the time the address lists began to ship this past January, to the present time, 1, invalid addresses were reported to me by my customers for updating and 1, were successfully updated which is a During the year there are over 1, pieces of information sent out to keep our customers informed. Great customer service and always answers questions and concerns quickly and professionally!
You have gained another satisfied customer for life! He is as passionate about building your collection as you are, and that comes out in the quality, depth and scope of his address lists. I have repeatedly purchased many of them year after year because they yield a personal success rate of over 86 percent returns!
Mark C. Thank You. Every year they get bigger and better and his free updates are always much appreciated. Your list continues to improve each and every year. As a baseball historian, and a collector of autographs I must add that I could not handle the regular correspondence and contacting players I do without it. I commend you for another fine edition for ! I am particularly pleased with how you have separated out the deceased players from the currently living players!
And I am intrigued by the Baseball Personalities! Harvey is extremely fast in updating bad addresses. The debut year and teams played for are very nice additions when doing research on players to write to.
What more can I say? I do like the newer spiral-type binding. Most important, as I know quite well, you are very accurate — and always updating your work. You have to be the top person in the US in your field. The Smalling Baseball List used to be the benchmark, maybe ten years ago.
I believe anyone who is familiar with address lists and has used any of the Meiselman lists would have to rank yours on top. I admire your first class work. Keep up the good work! Keep up the great work!!! It seemed one out of every three requests I sent out came back with an invalid address.
Some nine years later, a friend told me about a guy named Harvey, and swore by the accuracy of his addresses. Harvey is like a cable modem compared to dial up. Remember, I have been writing away for 25 years, but I found addresses I could not find anywhere else, on your list, plus names of people that I instantly realized I wanted.
I received my list last year and I have been having a great deal of success with it. Now I enjoy getting my sports cards signed and I would not go to any other place for addresses.
This is the best address list I have found. But you found them!We have a collection of over 3, autographs that cost us nothing more than a little time and a couple of stamps. The very first thing I can tell you is that it is important to enclose a SASE self addressed stamped envelope as well as an item to be signed ie: trading card or index card. Please remember that these people are busy and don't have the time to address an envelope and find a card to sign for you.
Some Pro's have presigned items that they will send back in your envelope along with the unsigned item you sent them. For example, I sent a trading card to Cal Ripken Jr. Kurt Warner, former QB for the St Louis Rams also returned my trading card unsigned along with a different trading card signed by him.
Warner is a very religious man and the back of his signed card was a Bible verse. Also, know that some pros will not sign anything but will return your card unsigned. These people are few and far between but they are out there. I was born and bred a Washington Redskins fan and my all time favorite player used to be Darrell Green.
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He returned my unsigned card and a website address where I could go and purchase an autograph from him. Needless to say Stephen Davis became my new favorite player and Peyton Manning scored high in my books as well.
I thought it was a little nuts that a cornerback from a team that hasn't been in the playoff for quite some time wanted money for an autograph but an outstanding Quarterback in his rookie year then could spare the time.
Second, they will never respond if you make a reference to selling the autographed item. Again, they're busy and don't like the thought of wasting their time signing something so you can make a profit. I always make it a point to enclose a short letter that tells them I'm a big fan and I ask them to sign the card enclosed. When my son, Spencer, got a little bit older, I let him write some of the letters, and was really impressed with the responses.
I guess his misspelled words and his huge 9 year old handwriting was more appreciated than a typed letter from me.
My son's letters were answered much faster and many of the cards were personalized to him. Two days after we received the card in the mail we also received a form letter from the Jake Plummer fan club thanking him for the letter he sent and also signed by Jake Plummer. Nomar Garciapara, Boston Red Soxalso sent a personalized card to my son.
It simply said "To Spencer, thanks a lot", then signed by Nomar. I personally believe that these pros appreciated the fact that this was a child and knew that it wasn't for profit.
Next, I always sent my letter and cards in bright envelopes, we found some neon colored envelopes in a craft store once. I'm sure that these pros receive tons of mail each week, my thought was in a pile of white envelopes a bright orange one would stick out and maybe grabbed first. Nontheless, some pros take a long time to respond. Keep in mind the profile of the person that you're writing to.
Infact, it took about 14 months for me to hear back from Brett Favre and only 3 weeks to hear from Trent Green. And last, I've found that sending letters to players during the offseason gets me a quicker response. If you figure, during the season the players are going to the games and traveling on the road they have less time to answer their fan mail. One final thing is when you write to a player I'll use Barry Bonds for example your mailed envelope should look like this:.Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners.
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Home About SportsCollectors.I am hoping for sites that offer free addresses of players so that I can start collecting through the mail. By the way, there is a site that gives home addresses of players and I have access to all of that.
I just don't send their because that is interfering during their off-season. The only one I would send to is Pat Neshek to thank him for all he's done. You will need to send to the team. I can give you the success rates of MANY players that tells you whether they are good signers or not.
Today brought me one from Jon Rauch! It is a great hobby. Check your email, and I will get back to you. The reason I am not giving out home addresses is because this is a public forum and I don't want everyone clogging someone up with fan mail. The book Chipmaker recommended is very good, and same with sportscollectors.
So I can give you every single team address, and success rates of players, just not their addresses. Plus, they don't go to their house in the season so they won't get the mail until October.
There is a book. You have to pay for it. Don't have a copy, cannot vouch for it, but I have heard it spoken of highly by people whose opinions I would consider reliable on this particular topic. Do not send any item you cannot risk losing.
Players are under no obligation to sign it or return it or anything. Include a short, polite note. Players know the drill, so be nice about it. Even a wee bit of human contact is preferred to "hi, please sign this!
Solicit active player at the address of their home stadium easily found on the Webspring training stadium timing is key hereor professional address if they have one charitable foundation, promotional office, etc. Retired players -- the better-known players HOFers, those on certain champion teams, sluggers, starsUsually, mail is all about the bills, bills, bills. Imagine reaching into the box and pulling out autograph after autograph of your favorite athletes and celebrities.
Sounds even pricier that the mortgage payments, right?
Many athletes will sign your cards for free. The only cost to you is a couple of stamps. Before you mail away for any autographs, you need to decide who you're going to write to.
It's important to remember that not all athletes sign autographs through the mail. As a general rule, the bigger the star, the less likely you are to hear back.
That said, over the years I haven't heard a peep from some bit players, while I had Tony Gwynn write back in less than a month during his playing days.
The most popular players are the ones who get the most mail. So even if they do sign, you might have to wait a while to hear back. But then again, sometimes the bit players can take a whiletoo. Because getting TTM autographs usually involves sending mail directly to a team, don't limit your targets to just players. You can follow these same rules to try to get autographs from managers, coaches, front office staff and even announcers.
Many of these staffers are former players too. To find a list of major personnel, check out your favorite team's website.
The key to any TTM autograph request is the letter. It's important that you come off as genuine and not someone looking to cash in on their signature although there's no law against selling TTM autographs. Here are a few simple things to think about when you're writing a letter. It's important to butter up someone before you ask for a favor. Think back to when you were a kid.
If you wanted money for the movies, it often either involved bringing in an extra load of wood, a day of truces with your younger sibling or making sure the garbage went out the night before. Everyone responds better when they feel cared for, including athletes. Take a bit of time to tell the person you're writing too why you're a fan.
Don't go on for 2, words about why their batting mechanics are the best in the history of the game, but show them that you know who they are. For example, if you're writing to Josh Hamilton, you might want to point out you're a fan of his home runs, clutch hitting or even his tattoos.
Don't tell them they're your favorite player if they're not, but have something nice to say. A brief complimentary paragraph or two helps the player see that you're a fan. In your letter, don't ramble. Players don't always have a lot of time for mail. A TTM letter should have an intro, fan statement, autograph request and a thank-you.Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.
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