Saturday, March 26, 2016

Autograph Collector Profile - Matt Antosik

Every so often I will meet a fellow collector who's collection is unbelievable. This can be said about Matt Antosik. I met Matt a few weeks ago as he was looking for an address of a player who he needed for his NHL All-Star Game puck collection. Luckily, I was able to help Matt out with his request.

I looked at Matt's impressive collection through his posts on Twitter and Instagram. His collection is arguably one of the best out there. As a long time collector of hockey autographs, I can say that you would be hard pressed to find anyone with a better autographed hockey puck collection! Here is this week's Autograph Collector Profile:

Q. How long have you been collecting autographs?
A. 22 years, started by collecting Sharks hockey autographs as they'd leave the players parking lot after games.

Q. What genres of autographs do you collect?
A. Mainly sports - Hockey and Baseball are my favorites, some football, basketball, and a little music.

Q. Who was your first autograph?
A. Arturs Irbe - SJ Sharks goalie

Q. Do you collect exclusively TTM or do you autograph in-person as well?
A. 98% in person, 2% TTM
Q. How many TTM’s do you send out per week?
A. Started to ramp if up more recently, 5 a month

Q. How do you find information on addresses, signing habits, etc.?
A. SportsCollectors.Net and

Q. Do you handwrite or type your letters?
A. Typed out, then I hand write a note below it
Q. Have you received any letters back from the person you sent the autograph request to? Have they included anything extra?
A. Sometimes players include additional cards, stickers, etc

Q. What’s the best autographed item in your collection?
A. My 2010, 2012, 2014 WS champion SF Giants team-signed baseball sets
Q. How can other collectors reach you?
A. Facebook autograph forums - Autos 101

Q. Do you have any tips for anyone looking to get into the autograph hobby?
A. Learn by doing, listen to seasoned collectors, collect what you enjoy!

If you would like to be interviewed for the Autograph Collector Profile, hit me up on Twitter @autographblog

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