If there's one thing that I am guilty of when it comes to the Autograph Blog, it is that I tend to write a lot about through the mail autograph collecting while leaving out many tips, tricks, and stories of in-person autograph encounters I have had throughout the years. I have been fortunate enough to meet some of the biggest stars in sports, music, and movies. Some of my favorites include Roger Waters, Robert Plant, Brian Wilson, Adam Levine, Samuel L. Jackson, Wayne Gretzky, and many others.
When I met these stars, I was well prepared. I had several items to be signed, a binder, backboard, or surface for the celebrity to use as support to ensure the best quality autograph. The most important items I always had when going out to get autographs in-person was a reliable, trusty, bold marker and pen.
A quality pen and marker could make your autograph experience not only a great experience for you, but a great experience for everyone else in attendance. In most cases, a celebrity will use the first marker they are handed. I have heard horror stories of autograph hounds waiting hours for a celebrity just to have their item signed with a faded non-permanent marker which was handed to them by a person who was unprepared.
Here is my list of the Best Markers and Pens For Autographs:
Blue Sharpie Marker - This is a must-have for all autograph collectors. Nowadays, Blue Sharpie is the accepted autograph ink of all autograph collectors. They are perfect for getting photos, cards, pucks, jersey numbers, and paper autographed. You can purchase Sharpie Markers at any stationery store like Staples and Walmart.
Bic Round Stic - When getting baseballs signed, I use Bic Round Stic. These are easy to find. Like Sharpies, they can be bought virtually anywhere.
Deco Paint Pens - These are perfect for getting hockey pucks signed. Deco paint pens are also great when getting dark photos autographed. I use silver and gold. Many collectors may also use blue and purple paint pens. It's all personal preference. When using these, you need to be ready. Make sure that you have shaken the pen and the ink is flowing. There is a lot of debate regarding Deco Paint Pens. In my opinion, they are much more reliable than silver and gold Sharpie Markers.
Sharpie Markers, Deco Paint Pens, and Bic Round Stic Pens are must-haves for all autograph collectors. If you're packing a bag, it wouldn't be a bad idea to pack a few extras markers and pens for those around you who might be standing around with a Crayola marker or pencil crayon. Always come prepared when going out for in-person autographs!
As a long time collector of autographs, I love sharing info with fellow
collectors! TTM autograph collecting is a true passion of mine, but the
fact is TTM autograph collecting is very expensive. With the cost of
stamps, envelopes, photos, and address databases, the cost of the hobby
adds up very quickly.
I am always happy to help out with "TTM Address of The Day" posts. I
hope that the information you find on my blog everyday helps you grow
your collection and brings joy to your life is it has mine! While the
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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!
Coming off the success of the first Autograph Blog giveaway, I am excited to announce another one! On June 22, 2016 I will be drawing a random winner for a Famke Janssen Autographed X-Men Photo!
Famke Janssen is a well-known actress best known for her roles in the X-Men movies, James Bond: GoldenEye, all three Taken movies, and most recently The Blacklist, Hemlock Grove, and How To Get Away With Murder.