Friday, March 27, 2009

TTM Autograph Risks - What's Your Limit?

What's your value limit of sending autograph items through the mail (TTM)?

I recently received an email from a reader talking about getting Greg Pavlick's autograph through the mail. (And by recently I mean in 2009.) The reader also needed Pavlick's signature to complete an autograph project. I need Pavlick's autograph on my 1986 World Series baseball project.

After some correspondence with Greg Pavlick, he sent his item and in 12 days had it back and signed without shipping damage.
I'd like to try this, but I don't know if I could put that baseball in the mail. I mean, it's taken me a long time to reach this point. Do I want to risk it by sending it through the mail?

It's not that I don't trust Greg Pavlick, but I don't know if I trust the Post Office that much!

What are your thoughts? What value limit do you set for TTM items?


Larry said...

I sent something like a team ball to be signed through the mail - I would ship it the safest way possible [UPS priority, double boxed, delivery confirmation, Fed-Ex, et al] and would talk with the person [beforehand] I'm sending it to, so it doesn't just get 'lost.'

I would offer 'compensation' if necessary, though it would be a small fee paid for the person's time and not something etched in stone.

Anonymous said...

I won't send out anything that would be difficult to replace. If I was working on a team ball, I might be willing to send it to a paid signing, provided I could have it insured both ways.

That's why I collect baseball cards, and don't worry about multi-signed stuff. :)

zman40 said...

I don't know. There is a lot riding on that ball. It would really suck to have anything stupid happen to it. Either way, best of luck on getting his signature.

deal said...

There is no way I would send out that ball. There is way to much work invested in it.

LanceBurnitz said...

Send a permission letter to him saying would it be fine to send my ball. I did that when trying to attempt to get a few sigs on a card (a tough one too). By the way, on SCN, he has a 100% success rate. Many people have sent permission letters to him and he has resonded with "I love to sign" or something of the sort.

'30-Year Old Cardboard said...

Wow- Great question. My head says No, but my heart says YES!!

You have to let ys know what you decide.

JRJ said...

Thanks for the comments.
Ah, it's a tough call. I think I'll try getting a baseball or card signed from him instead. I don't think I could live with myself if the Post Office lost the baseball.