Collecting celebrity autographs through the mail (TTM)is an economical and efficient way of adding to your collection.
Depending on the celebrity, and their level of fame, obtaining autographs by mail is a viable option for most people without the opportunity to meet the person face to face, but you can find a persons address, and write to a celebrity instead.
I still find it exciting to open the mailbox and see one of my
self-addressed stamped envelopes that has been delivered back to me, and
wondering who it might be from, and what it contains!
It all depends on what YOUR interests are!
Keep in mind that A-List movie stars receive literally thousands of autograph requests per week! The chances of getting an authentic signed autograph from Brad Pitt, for instance, are rare.
Some collectors (myself included) don’t mind a high-quality preprint from a celebrity in that status if compared to nothing. If you are a big fan, then it might make sense to buy an autograph of that person from a trusted and reputable source.
• Do enclose a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope)
• Do use the correct amount of postage. If mailing your own item, such as an 8x10 celebrity photo to be signed, I usually place the photo, and a 9x12 SASE both inside a 10x13 envelope.
• Always refer to www.usps.gov for guidance when in doubt with how to fill out an envelope, and addresses zip codes. Nothing worse than finally finding someones address to contact them, and getting your envelope returned undelivered two days later from the post office!
• Do insert a cardboard backing if you are sending a photo
• Do write a sincere autograph request letter that acknowledges the person’s accomplishments and why you are a fan in the first place. Celebrity birthdays are great excuses to send an autograph request! I always will send a typed letter expressing my appreciation for the person’s work, and will point out 1 or 2 specific achievements or examples.
• Don’t send a letter to a celebrity home address if you can avoid it. This point is a hot topic for collectors on both sides. After the anthrax scares, many people are reluctant to open letters from unknown senders at home - make sure you put your return address on the envelope.
Depending on the person, and their current level of celebrity, you may have a better chance of getting a signature if going through their celebrity contact agent or fan mail address.
• Don’t send a form letter and sound like everyone else, or drone on and on about everything that person has ever done. Be genuine. Be sincere. Don’t sound like everyone else.
• Don’t send something you can’t afford to not get back. Unfortunately, some fan mail will go unanswered.
I will always include an index card requesting autographs through the mail, and ask for an autographed photo if they have one available.
One advantage to including the index card is that many times I will get a hand-signed autograph on my index card, and a preprinted photograph.
When I get a signed photograph back too that is the jackpot.
When I use this approach I will place a folded 9 x 12 manila SASE inside my 6x9 letter envelope, along with the index card. That way whether the person responds with just the index card and/or a photograph, the one envelope will accommodate both.
Write “Do Not Bend” on envelope in the lower middle portion below the receiver address.
There are many resources online to find
reliable celebrity mailing addresses.
The two I recommend to find someones address based on their selection and reliability are:
Both of these websites have large directories with various ways to search using celebrity mailing address finder features.
It really varies depending on the person. Keep in mind that celebrities have busy schedules, and while some may send back a signature in a week or two, most take more time to come back.
Much more, sometimes...
I have waited years to get some items back once I find someones address and send an autograph request.
I have some items I sent out ten years ago that I haven’t got back. Yet. Maybe one day! I never received my letter back from who lives at this address if not them.
That being the case, I never send anything that I can’t live without if they don’t send it back, and neither should you. Things can get lost, stuff happens.
Be patient and keep sending them out! It's a numbers game - the more you send, the more you'll get back.
Some celebrities are simply more willing to sign TTM, and their schedules will dictate the responses to a large degree.
That is entirely up to you. I do so that I can track how long it took, and what I sent.
Sometimes I can get in a flurry of autograph collecting activity and then not remember everyone I sent requests to.
Also if I haven’t received a response from one address after waiting for a while, I might try a different one. Finding reliable mailing addresses can sometimes be a challenge, and it takes time to find a good one.
Websites like Star Tiger make it easy with finding mailing addresses, and also to create wish lists and pending autograph requests to help keep track of it all.
• 6 x 9 Letter size envelopes
• 9 x 12 manila envelopes
• 11x3 manila envelopes for putting the 9x12 in when sending photos or magazines
• Cardboard backer, file folder, or sleeve
• Index cards
• Forever Stamps
• Sharpie to address envelopes
• Paper clips
• Good quality paper
• A good pen to sign your letter or hand write if you prefer
Well, there you have it. You are now ready to begin collecting autographs through the mail - good luck!