The biggest misconception that a lot of through-the-mail autograph collectors have is that sending a TTM request to a celebrity or athlete's home will improve your chances of getting an autograph in contrast to sending a TTM request to a work, production company, agency, or team address. The myth of sending a TTM request to a home address is better, is exactly that - a myth.
Lately, I have received a lot of requests for home addresses of NBA players, most notably Steph Curry, Michael Jordan, Klay Thompson, and Kobe Bryant. First and foremost, none of the players I have mentioned sign through-the-mail. You would be better off throwing your stamps and items to be signed in the garbage. That is why it is essential in this hobby to do your homework.
Sending a TTM request to a person's place of work is more practical than sending to their home. In many cases, athletes and celebs spend more time at their place of work than they do at home. During the season, I send TTM requests to current professional athletes care of their team. I have had a lot more success sending to the team address rather than their home while the season is in progress.
Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks is a prime example of this. Dirk is arguably the best through the mail autograph signer in sports. If you send to him c/o Dallas Mavericks, it is almost a given that you will have your item returned to you signed beautifully in blue Sharpie marker. Have you ever seen a Dirk Nowitzki TTM success from his home address?
Home addresses are great when sending to retired athletes, actors, musicians, politicians. They are also great when sending to active professional athletes during their off-season.
My point is, don't be afraid to send to work addresses. Before sending always do your homework! Go back and take a look at all of the TTM Addresses of The Day posted here on The Autograph Blog. These are all addresses that you can use to enhance your growing collection!