Through the Mail autographs and fan requests are a two way street. I think with some collectors sending a dozen or more items, hats, helmets and everything else forget that once a player retires, they have no obligation to anyone. Their playing days or coaching days are over, and they’re not drawing a weekly paycheck. Players like Bobby Shantz and Pat Neshek do what they do because they love what they do and certainly not because they have to.
In the short time that I have been a part of the I have seen a lot of players announce that they’re no longer responding to requests through the mail. Many of those decisions are a direct result of senders overwhelming players with requests or players seeing those requests go directly to eBay.
Meanwhile, the hot topic debate seems to do you hand write or type out your requests? Which is ridiculous. It’s 2021, we’re sending requests now to players who weren’t taught how to write in cursive in school. But that’s for another conversation.
This page is to show appreciation for players, coaches, personalities and teams who have taken time out of their day to sign and return a request in less than a week. Assuming transit time, it’s likely these players didn’t have the request in their mailbox more than a day or so before putting them back in the mail.
|4 Days||Mike Eruzione (Team USA Hockey ’80 | email request)|
|6 Days||Bobby Shantz (Philadelphia Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies)|
|6 Days||Jon Taffer (TV host, Bar Rescue | email request)|
|6 Days||Penn & Teller (magicians & TV hosts; Fool Us and Bullshit | email request)|
|6 Days||Larry Bowa (Philadelphia Phillies, 1980 & 1993 WS teams)|
|7 Days||Pat Neshek (Philadelphia Phillies, active)|
|7 Days||Tom Herr (Lancaster Barnstormers)|
|7 Days||Larry Christenson (Philadelphia Phillies)|
|7 Days||Del Unser (Philadelphia Phillies)|
|4 Days||Pawtucket Red Sox (2 pocket schedules | email request)|
|5 Days||Chicago White Sox (4 stickers, 4 baseball cards, 2 pocket schedules | email request)|
|5 Days||San Jose Sharks (2 oversize cards, magnet, sticker & temporary tattoo | email request)|
|5 Days||Pittsburgh Steelers (2 stickers, 2 pocket schedules, can coozie, lanyard and sunglasses | email request)|
|6 Days||Clearwater Threshers (jar opener, drink coozie, phone wallet, program, 2 pocket schedules | email request)|
|6 Days||Philadelphia Phillies (2 oversized cards, pocket schedule | email request)|
|6 Days||Nashville Predators (drink coozie, 2 large stickers, 1 large magnet, personalized thank you note | email request)|
|7 Days||Miami Marlins (window sticker, rubber bracelet, pocket schedule, letter | email request)|
Thank you to the players and organizations for being so active in the hobby we all share.