Fan mail from Italy

Last month I received an envelope from Italy:

Here’s the note that was inside (and for the record, I received permission to post all of this stuff on my blog):

(No, Marco, thank YOU.)

Check out the cards that were enclosed. Here’s the first:

Here’s the second:

And here’s the third:

Pretty snazzy, huh? I must say that it was quite an honor to receive these cards.

Now, since a lot of you enjoy challenges, I challenge  you find the original photos on my blog or website that Marco used for the cards. Ready! Set! Go!

Meanwhile, if you ever want to mail something to me to get autographed (my books, for example), send them to the address on the envelope up above. Just make sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope, and if you have any special requests or instructions, throw a note in there and let me know.

Also, in case you want to check it out, I have a large collection of fan mail on my site — not actual letters, but emails and blog comments. Click here and start scrolling down.


  1. George

    Zack, this is absolutely awesome. I need to get these cards for myself and have you sign them. Just so nice of that guy to do that. It almost looks like the Allen & Ginter cards. Great stuff. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

  2. Zack Hample

    I’m ashamed to admit this, but I didn’t even notice that background until you pointed it out.

    If you’re truly interested in these cards, I could contact Marco and let him know. Or maybe Marco is reading this blog entry right now . . .

  3. George

    Absolutely would love one of each card for my collection. Yeah, contact him whenever you have time. If he contact me here that would be great too.

  4. Matt Huddleston

    I got the second two: Second picture-Associated Press–June 29, 2008. Third picture- 5/22/07 at Busch Stadium. But I have no idea where the first picture came from.

  5. Jake R

    Great job Marco-
    Zack, my name is Jake Rose, I am 15 years old, I am also into photography and editing and I also make my own cards, I was wondering if I could send you some that I can make and maybe you could have a contest on here for them, please email me ( and I can send you a sample of my work and maybe we can work something out, keep up the great work and keep on hawking!

  6. Skim

    Awesome cards, but shouldn’t the top one say, “Baseball’s Greatest Ballhawk” instead of “Baseball Greatest Ballhawk”?

  7. Marco

    Hi George, I would be happy to send you a copy of each card: just send me your address by email (

  8. Ben S

    These ballhawk cards are awesome! Marco, how do you make them? Let me know if you could send some my way! Thanks so much.

  9. DarronAKABuschStadiumBallhawk(thats a retro name from like 2007)

    Third picture May 22 2007 and they croped me out…….jerks. Very cool cards though. Nice gesture by a fan.

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