It's a Christmas miracle!!!
I got TWO autographs in the mail today - that hasn't happened since... well, since this whole project began and I got three in one day from Snider, Ryan, and Doerr. This is also the first through-the-mail success since September!!
I'll post about the second autograph tomorrow, but for now, I'm excited that Mr. Jim Rice has been added to the collection! Rice was inducted just last year in 2009, so he is relatively new to the Hall of Fame. He was inducted in his 15th and final year of eligibility, which is something pretty special. Rice played his entire career with one team - the Boston Red Sox - which certainly doesn't happen often today.
Mr. Rice becomes the first Hall of Famer who signed (in black sharpie) on the lined side of the 3x5 card I sent him. I've heard this lowers the value of an autograph, but since this collection isn't really for any financial gain, it doesn't really matter to me. Rice returned my short note request too - which is good, because it would have taken me some time to decipher who it was who had returned the envelope.
This response took 92 days to get back to me - the longest wait for a success thus far - and gives me a bit of hope that I may get a few more from some of the players who have had months to get back to me.