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There are several ways to get an autograph of your favorite athlete. Some have are a little quicker than others. One way is to hang around a sporting event at least thirty minutes before a game, get his or her attention, and ask politely. Have pen and paper handy, and do not shove it into the face of the athlete. You can also wait around by the players’ gate after the event and ask then. Another way is to write to the athlete directly. In the letter phrase your request in a civil manner, and ask that he or she sign the enclosed item and return it. Make sure you have enclosed a self-addressed stamped envelope, with appropriate postage on it. While asking for an autograph on a generic sports card is a good move, do not have the athlete sign his or her rookie card. It diminishes the value of both.