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Ok. I am finally to a point in my existence where I will admit this. It’s a long passed phase but I found this stuff the other day and I decided it is blog-worthy. As a kid, I collected autographs. Since I lived in New Mexico and was 12, I had little access to real life celebrities, so I wrote them fan mail and asked for their signatures.
I was already an internet fiend by then, so I became a member of a few autograph collecting message boards (remember those?) and even a Usenet group. I learned some tactics from those groups that actually…really worked. I built a random but cool collection.
My choices of who I wrote to were narrowed down by these parameters in my 12 – 15 year old mind:
1. I liked country music
2. I liked songwriters
3. I liked Alfred Hitchcock movies
I know. I was THAT kid. So anyway, my collection veered heavily toward these categories with some random other celebrities thrown in. I present a tiny window into what I collected, broken down by tactic of obtaining them. You’d be surprised what worked and what didn’t…sending a fan letter to the agent or fan club was usually a waste of time. Read on:
I got a lot of famous people to trace their hands and sign them for me. It might have been the thing that made my hobby so successful. ANYONE can beg for a signed photo. Who asks for a hand tracing? It also might have had something to do with my charming ways of 13-year old fan letter writing, but I like to think the odd request got people’s attention.
Kenny Chesney – who was the chart king back then.
Gloria Estefan…who was my first concert ever.
Martina McBride and her tiny hand.
This trick entails looking at the artist’s tour schedule, picking a venue, and sending your autograph request there. The theory is instead of piling up on the agent’s desk, the mail will be handed to the artist/their entourage at the venue, and it won’t be in a giant mass of mail because…this was a little known tactic except to collectors. It worked for some doozies.
Have Weird Things Signed
The last technique was to send something cool to get signed. I got this First Day Cover (stamp collector nerd alert!) back from Janet Leigh. Cue Psycho shower scene music here.