The ninth autograph in my collection, and the fourth to respond by mail, was Monte Irvin. This was a significant signature for a number of reasons. Mr. Irvin is the oldest living Hall of Famer who played in the Negro Leagues, so there is a historic significance to this signature. Second, he was kind enough to sign (in blue sharpie) with both his induction year and uniform number (a nice touch). He also added a return address label, so if you want to get in touch with him, click on the photo above.
This request was mailed out in the first wave of mailings I did back on July 1st. The response arrived just twelve days later.
Update: Mr. Irvin passed away on January 11, 2016.