| Autograph collecting is a fun and usually free activity. Before you start, here is a step by step guide to get you started.
1. Check out an autograph collecting site. A very good site is called Fanmail.biz, where you'll find addresses for your fave celebrity, anywhere in the world, from a very well known celebrity to a not so well known one. This is where we go to find addresses. Also, it's a free site and you don't have to join. Some sites aren't free. Star Tiger is a good example of this. You must become a member and pay. They have more addresses than Fanmail.biz.
2. Look up your favorite celebrity. What are their signing habits? Do they even sign?
3. Great! Your fave celebrity signs. Let's begin! First and foremost, it is recommended you send them a letter, so they get to know you and so they'll sign for you. Send a few pictures for them to sign. It's recommended that you send a printed photo, just so the celebrity doesn't think you are an eBay seller, and also so your precious movie case or whatever doesn't get damaged, lost, etc in the mail.
4. Time to get some envelopes. Use a standard mailing envelope (measure: 4 x 9) to send your letter and pictures in. You'll have to send another envelope so they can send your pictures back in, because if you don't, they might not send your pictures back. PUT STAMPS ON BOTH ENVELOPES!!! If you want to be really fancy and send a non-printed picture, like a movie poster for example, use a manila envelope. If you're from a different country and sending to the USA, you can get a International Reply Coupon to send so the celebrity can pay the postage. If you live in the USA, put an international stamp on....and good luck, because we don't have International Reply Coupons. You'll have to buy some stamps online from that country or send a self addressed envelope without a stamp.
5. Send it out. If it's an ounce or less, you can put it in the drop box. You'll have to take the manila envelope into the post office to send it out.
6. Wait. The average wait is 3 months, but it could be longer or shorter. It might take a few years, or maybe a few weeks, depending on who you send to. Good luck!
a manila envelope
standard mailing envelope
stamp from the USA
global stamp from the USA