I mentioned in a previous post my fascination with the independent leagues and respect for the players who, often, toil in them.
I've been fortunate to have acquired numerous through-the-mail (TTM) autographs from the Jewish independent league players in reply to my requests in the last two years. Often times these have come from the player while they've been in affiliated ball.
Among the many MOTs currently on the various independent league team rosters, I mailed to four players last week. Yesterday — just 6 days after mailing my request! — I received a reply from Adam Klein, who plays for the Gary Southshore RailCats of the Northern League.
Klein personalized and signed his 2008 Kane County Cougars Grandstand card (pictured right) and included a terrific, hand written one-page letter. It's rare for me to get a letter in reply to my autograph requests. Klein's was genuinely nice.
In the note (pictured below and left, click on the image to get a larger view), Klein wrote:
"Thank you very much for the letter and inquiry. It's a dream come true to play professional baseball as well as to receive letters from people like yourself. You must have quite a collection of cards by now [In my request letter, I'd mentioned my efforts to build a collection of signed cards from every living Jewish major, minor and independent league player]. If I had access to equipment like they do in the major leagues, I wouldn't have hesitated to send some things. Best of luck with your card collection."
You can bet I'll be writing back to Adam with a nice thank you note. The signatures on both the card and letter look great. Each seemingly also match the autographed Signature Card I received from Adam in August of 2008 (pictured right).
Of Klein collectibles, I'm aware of only the 2008 Kane County card. Does anyone have other Klein items in their collection? Is he pictured on programs, in year books, on tickets, etc? Does anyone have any game used items associated with Klein?
Has anyone else had success with Adam, either in person or through-the-mail?