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Meet the Autograph University Class of 2013 – Bobby Doerr

In our inaugural Class of 2013 we have recognized six athletes who have gone above and beyond to accommodate autograph collectors over the course of their careers. Each of these friends of our hobby will receive an honorary degree from Autograph University as a token of our gratitude. Thank you to all the readers who submitted a nomination. We selected a very strong first class and I look forward to celebrating the very best signers with you each year.


Bobby Doerr (’13)

Bobby Doerr diploma
Bobby DoerrHas anyone signed more autographs in their lifetime than Bobby Doerr? At 95 years old, the Hall of Fame second baseman sports a 96% success rate through the mail (TTM) according to SportsCollectors.net! Not only are you almost certain to get your item back in less than two weeks (I received my baseball back in 9 days), but Doerr doesn’t charge for requests. He may have been voted into Cooperstown by the Veterans Committee but he’s a first ballot Hall of Famer in our book.

Have you received an autograph from Bobby Doerr? Leave a comment and share your story with us.

Bobby Doerr autographed baseball

Bobby Doerr returned this baseball to me TTM in only 9 days.

About the author: is the founder of Autograph University. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and two sons. Connect with him on Twitter at @mattraymond.

7 comments… add one

  • Justin July 11, 2013, 10:15 pm

    Do you plan to actually send something to Mr. Doerr in reference to this?

  • Matt Raymond July 11, 2013, 10:17 pm

    Absolutely, I’ve mailed him the diploma and a letter explaining what it represents.

  • Kyle July 12, 2013, 11:21 am


    That’s awesome! I just sent my very first large item TTM and it was to Mr. Doerr. It arrived on July 8th so I’m just waiting for the UPS tracking number from the return send to hit my e-mail. I’m pretty excited!

  • Matt Raymond July 14, 2013, 9:47 am

    Good luck!

  • marc puglio July 14, 2013, 5:09 pm

    Mr doerr is with out a doubt a first class signer as well as a first class human being

  • Maggie August 13, 2013, 10:05 pm

    Have never sent a baseball TTM. I know for pictures you should send a SASE, but how do you go about doing that for a ball? Just a smaller box inside of a larger one and did you include a pen, etc? Love adding HOFers to my collection.

  • Matt Raymond September 5, 2013, 11:17 pm

    I put the baseball in a sandwich bag inside a padded envelope. I included a SASPE (padded envelope) 😉 I included a blue Bic Cristal as well.

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