Bad News, Good News If You Write to Clayton Kershaw for an Autograph


2016 Topps Clayton Kershaw KC-1

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you write a letter to Clayton Kershaw requesting an autograph, it doesn’t look like you’re going to get that signature.

Still, all might not be lost by sending the Dodgers ace a letter. You might end up an exclusive Kershaw’s Challenge card made by Topps.

Collector Kevin Porter, who runs The Sports Card Guy, wrote to the three-time Cy Young Award winner at the start of the 2016 season. He sent his through-the-mail request to the Dodgers but didn’t hear back for months.

Finally, Porter got some mail back. The card he sent wasn’t signed, but it was returned. Also included was the 2016 Topps Kershaw’s Challenge card.

On the front, it looks the same as Kershaw’s main card in 2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball.

The variation comes on the back. The pitcher’s stats are gone. In their place is a polite note saying that autographs aren’t available as well as information on his charity, Kershaw’s Challenge.

2016 Topps Clayton Kershaw KC-1 Reverse

The card is also numbered differently, KC-1.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Tracy LeVeaux 23 December, 2016 at 21:30

    The fact that he had Topps make those for him shows tremendous character. Especially for an athlete at his level. Much respect.

  2. David Gourlay 23 December, 2016 at 22:51

    I admire this by Kershaw, the Dodgers and Topps for a charitable cause. Gone are the days where we mailed in a letter and received an autograph like I did three times from Gary Carter when we was an Expo. But this is a classy alternative in not providing an autograph when the player usually sees them up on eBay.

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