Originally Posted by JMT
I usually sent a letter that made some personal reference to the person I was writing (ie why I wanted their signature). I encouraged personalization. Depending on how much I wanted the signature, I'd include pre-paid return envelopes. As the collection began to take shape, focusing on the Naismith HOF, I made contributions to the favorite charities of those I really wanted.
It was a great hobby that I really enjoyed. Recently I've been thinking about some new category I'd like to collect, whether sports or music. Always liked going after a specific group (basketball began with the All Time Top 50 list, then grew from there) and completing it. The key to enjoying it for me was having space to display everything.
Thanks so much, I appreciate the advice - I will use it.