Private Signing FAQs

LABELING YOUR ITEM

All items will be removed from their original packaging in order to facilitate an efficient signing process, so your label must be directly on the item itself.

Cards, Photos, Tickets, and Other Flats

Write your name on a sticky note and affix it directly to the back of your item. You may also label your top loader or other case, but this is optional.

Baseballs, Baseball Bats, Helmets, and Other Non-Flats

Sticky notes have been known to fall off these items, so instead use a piece of painter’s tape to attach a piece of paper directly onto your item.

Signature or Inscription Placement

If you desire a specific placement for the player’s signature or inscription, designate that area by placing sticky notes or tape with directional arrows adjacent to the area.

Pen color

If you desire a specific pen color, this must be labelled on the front of the card so it won’t be missed.

PEN & MARKER PREFERENCES

Unless otherwise noted, all items (excluding baseballs) will be signed with a Fine Blue Sharpie. Baseballs will be signed with a Blue Bic Pen/zebra pen. Specific pen requests should be labelled on the front of the item. 

We provide Fine and Ultra Fine Blue Sharpie and black fine and ultra fine sharpie. Medium and Fine Staedtler, Fine Gold and Fine Silver Deco, Fine Gold and Fine Silver Sharpie, and Blue Bic Pens. If you would like your item signed in a different marker or pen, include that in your package with your item. Your pen will not be returned.

RETURN SHIPPING

All items must have return packaging and postage, commonly referred to as a SASE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope). We do our best to repackage your items the same way we received them.

The only exception is if you purchase an unsigned item directly from us - return shipping is already included in that purchase, and we will safely package and ship your item.

If you do not include return postage with your items, we will provide postage, shipping, and handling for the exact cost of the postage plus $5.

This fee applies if you do not include return packaging as well. When possible, we will reuse your packaging that you sent your item in. 

All smaller items we provide postage for will be shipped via USPS. All large items will be shipped via UPS and we will provide you with the corresponding tracking number. 

MAILING YOUR PACKAGE

After individually labeling all your items, pack your items, return postage, and payment (if paying by cash or check), and send them to the address you received in your order confirmation e-mail.

Effective 6-1-2021, all orders that arrive past the deadline will be refunded, minus 10%. Both PayPal and the website charge fees that are not refunded to the seller, regardless of the outcome of the transaction. 

INSCRIPTIONS

Inscriptions are 1-4 words, and are added upon request to an item in addition to the player’s signature. A few examples include “Go Braves!”, “5x Gold Glove Winner”, and “2011 All-Star”. Players frequently write common inscriptions in a particular way, such as “5x GG” instead of “5x Gold Glove Winner”, so be prepared to receive the player’s personal preference.

You may not jam two career accomplishments into four words.

For example:

'95 Champs, 96 MVP' is four words, but two inscriptions. 

'91, 92 Division Champs' is four words, but two inscriptions. 

Inscriptions are almost always an additional $10, sometimes more. You can add an inscription to any item by including it as an item in your cart at checkout. If you’d like an inscription longer than 4 words, you may purchase an additional inscription for every additional 1-4 words.

1-4 words = 1 inscription

5-8 words = 2 inscriptions

9-12 words = 3 inscriptions

BASEBALLS PROVIDED

We always have available Rawlings Official MLB Baseballs (shipping anywhere in the Continental US included) and Rawlings Official Gold Glove Winner Baseballs (shipping anywhere in the Continental US included). Save on initial shipping costs by purchasing a ball we already have on hand! We may have other varieties of baseballs on hand. To see what we currently have, click this link:

https://fivetoolsignings.com/collections/blank-balls

AUTHENTICITY

We do not provide third-party authentication on every signing. If it is provided, it will be both in the announcement or drop-down menu of the signing (s) that you're participating in. We will provide photos of items being signed, although we cannot guarantee that your item will be in the photos. 

PUBLIC SIGNING VS. PRIVATE SIGNING

Public signings are hosted at a specific location where the collector brings their items directly to the player, and has an opportunity to interact with the player, and maybe even get a photo together.

For a private signing, an intermediary (us, Five Tool Signings) collects all items from the individual collectors, organizes them, and then presents them to the player and oversees the signing process on behalf of the collectors.