|A selective hitter|
After getting one of the increasing rejections by Alan Trammell (card returned unsigned in the SASE), Dan tried again.
"I sent the second time in a big yellow envelope. I wrote "2nd attempt" on the back of the envelope so he might see it when he opened it."
Studying the recording attempts and rejections for a problematic signer like Trammell (whose autograph attitudes seem to have taken a U-turn beginning in 2010 as a Cubs coach), can be done easily with a source like www.sportscollectors.net.
However, the time comes when you have to make your own game plan. Everyone is different. Time of the year (in- or off-season) may matter, too. Even retirees can be busier in summer.
The moral of this story is to keep hope. Don't risk losing a valuable card from your collection. Yet, figure out a way to stand out from the other requests, and you may be smiling like Dan.
Coming Monday: Baseball's most inspirational broadcaster?