How to send requests TTM (Through the Mail)
First off, it depends on what items you will be sending- whether it be a baseball card, baseball, hat, index card, whatever, follow the following steps.
The first step, is to write a fan letter. It doesn't have to be anything special or incredibly long, it just needs to show you're a fan of the particular athlete, and you would like to receive their autograph. Remember to always be respectful, and don't be demanding. Make it short and sweet, considering the amount of mail some athletes receive on a daily basis.
An Example would be if I wanted to send to Josh Hamilton
Dear Mr. Hamilton,
I am a huge fan of you and the Rangers! It would be great to receive an autograph, could you please sign my (item), it would mean a lot! Thank you for reading my letter, and Go Rangers!
Choose an appropriate sized envelope depending on what item you will be sending. If you're going to send a baseball card or index card, a regular sized business envelope would be perfect to include your card, letter, and SASE (See step 3).
If you're going to send something bigger, like a baseball or hat, it would probably be best to send a bubble mailer. (The yellow ones you can buy in packs of 6 or 8) Remember you will have to include your item, letter, and SASE, so choose the size of the bubble mailer wisely.
One of the most important steps of this process is the SASE. This stands for SELF ADDRESSES STAMPED ENVELOPE. If you do not include a SASE in your envelope, you can forget about getting a response. A SASE is simply the same sized envelope you are sending, with YOUR ADDRESS and the appropriate amount of STAMPS, enclosed in the envelope with all the contents. MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT SEAL THE SASE!! This makes it simpler for the signer to just take out your SASE and enclose your autographed item in it. Remember to include postage. You are trying to make it as simple as possible for the signer.
Remember to be patient. The process of getting your item sent, signed, and received can take weeks, months, and believe it or not, years. Think of all the mail the signer receives on a daily basis, and remember to be thankful they are signing for you.