So you want to start a through the mail autograph baseball card collection? Well I suggest starting by sending requests to former big league pitcher Les Lancaster, former big league catcher Mackey Sasser and for a small fee former Pittsburgh Pirate MVP Dave Parker will sign a card for you.
Lancaster, a former pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, and the St. Louis Cardinals, is now a pitching coach for the Lakewood Blue Claws, a Philadelphia Phillies minor league club.
Lancaster won 41 games in his seven year career and pitched for the Cubs in the 1989 National League Championship game against the San Francisco Giants.
There are 32 baseball cards listed for Lancaster on http://www.vintagecardprices.com and http://www.sportscardforum.com shows a 100 percent autograph response rate from Lancaster’s Alabama home. I sent my card to the Alabama address and it was returned signed 55 days later from a Tampa Bay address.
To try and obtain an autograph from Lancaster, log on to http://www.sportscardforum.com search for Lancaster and mail a card or other memorabilia to the address listed.
Fans could also send requests to the Lakewood Claws, located in New Jersey.
Sasser returned my signed card in 159 days from his Alabama address, which can also be found on Sports Card Forum.
Sasser played most of his career with the New York Mets, but also played for the San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates and Seattle Mariners.
He made it the post season with the Mets in 1988. The Mets lost the game to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Parker, known as “The Cobra” signed my 1990 Donruss card in just seven days for a $15 fee.
Parker began his career in 1971 with the Pirates.
He also played with the Cincinnati Reds, Oakland A’s, Milwaukee Brewers, California Angels and the Toronto Blue Jays.
He played in the post season with the Pirates in 1974, 75, 79 and the A’s in 1988 and 1989.
Today Parker owns several Popeye Chicken restaurants and is eligible in 2014 for the Veterans Committee vote for the Hall of Fame.
Other MLB players I have sent requests to are: Latroy Hawkins, Tony Pena, Omar Vizquel, Tim Wakefield, Tommy John, Ron Gant, Bryan Harvey, Tommy Lasorda, Ray Fontenot, Jason Thompson, Leon Durham, Dave Winfield, Jay Tibbs, Mike Scioscia, Ken Howell, Eric Davis, Randy Milligan, Danny Tartabull, Joe Magrane, Roger McDowell, Rick Aguilera, Nick Esasky, Kevin Seitzer, Dave Burba, Chris Sabo, Charlie Hayes, Tommy Gregg, Junior Ortiz, Mariano Duncan, Mo Vaughn, Andy Hawkins, Howard Johnson, Matt Nokes, Julio Franco, Rick Rhoden, Rafael Palmiero, Curt Wilkerson, Tim Laudner, Wade Boggs, Mark Gardner, Kevin Appier, Greg Walker, Gary Gaetti, Glenallen Hill, Armando Benitz, Tim Hudson, Bob Tewksbury, Scot Radinsky, Gerald Perry, David Justice, Rico Brogna, Sandy Alomar, Ken Griffey Sr., Kirk Gibson, Pokey Reese, Mark Wohlers, Eric Owens, Tim Wallach, Herm Winningham, Dave Righetti, Kal Daniels, Jim Gantner, Wally Backman, Steve Lombardozzi, Todd Frohwirth, Terry Pendleton, Ron Robinson, Mike Kingery, Paul Sorrento,Craig Kimbrel, Dennis Boyd, Henry Cotto, Andrelton Simmons, Eric O’Flaherty, Steve Lyons, and Ted Power, Leo Gomez, Todd Frowirth, Kyle Farnsworth, and Craig Kimbrel.
NFL players I have tried to contact are: Luis Aguiar Ron Stone, and Antoine Winfield. Also, I have sent requests to former NBA player and current coach Darrell Walker.