NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2016 – Major League baseball players and their smartphone-toting fans soon will have a new, convenient way to engage in mobile fanmail, through next-generation autographs.
lettrs® announced today that it is partnering with the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) to add Major Leaguers to its fan-friendly messaging and media application. The MLBPA-licensed lettrs app, available Nov. 18[MA1] , will provide mobile FanMail messages with original, authenticated digital autographs and branded, digital FanStamp stickers.
MLBPA and lettrs have entered into an agreement to activate digital messaging memorabilia, mobile autographs, estimated by some analysts to be a $3 billion market by 2021. With the participation of Major Leaguers, lettrs expects to fuel growth of the mobile autographs market in the off season, when players have more time to actively engage with their mobile fans.
The lettrs “autografs” application offers athletes, entertainers and fans innovative ways to enhance the quality and profitability of their social communications, turning a mobile device into an autograph store with the use of lettrs’ patent-pending autographs biometrics. MLBPA digital FanStamp packs will also activate collectable stickers.
The 80-language communications app uses a phone’s biometric thumb authentication to activate a unique serial number and seal of authenticity for the autograph, including its original price, location, device, and even whether the original autograph was purchased for charitable dollars. The technology was patented by former Army officer, cyber expert and now lettrs CEO Drew Bartkiewicz.
“One of our main goals at MLBPA is to facilitate and enhance the player-fan connection,” says Michael Amin, Director of Interactive Products at MLBPA. “The lettrs platform allows fans to have meaningful interaction with players, in multiple languages, and provides a lasting and unique memento of that interaction, which could provide a lifelong connection.”
Since its launch in 2014, lettrs has notched more than 2 million downloads of its mobile app and garnered over 5 billion media impressions. In addition to the Major Leaguer autographs on text messages and selfies, lettrs will offer collectable player FanStamp sticker packs that will unlock statistics, facts and even prizes.
“For years, the autographed message was the cornerstone of a priceless communication, the ultimate in fanmail memorabilia,” Bartkiewicz says. “We are giving that experience new life for the over 3 billion fans in the world with a smartphone in their hand, including millennials whose parents collected autographs on baseballs, and legacy paper mediums.”
How it works: Once downloading the lettrs app, fans get to “Pen Pal” their favorite Major Leaguers, writing them direct digital letters, and in some cases being able to purchase a personal, autographed message back. The autographed message can be shared on users’ social media channels. This service creates digital memorabilia for younger, global fans of professional baseball players, across borders and languages.
Learn more at http://about.lettrs.com
lettrs® is the growing fanmail and mobile autographs application that transforms mobile communications to original media memorabilia. Used in 120 countries and offering the “Uber of Autographs,” lettrs offers the new paradigm in messaging, with licensed FanStamps of players, teams, pop culture and even politics. The technology has won multiple industry awards and was founded with one simple goal: help people make messages that actually matter. The mobile autographs technology uses patent-pending biometric processes to create certified seals and contracts of purchase and collectability. It is the future of signed fanmail. @lettrs on Twitter and Instagram
About the MLBPA
The Major League Baseball Players Association (www.mlbplayers.com) is the collective bargaining representative for all professional baseball players of the thirty Major League Baseball teams and serves as the exclusive group licensing agent for commercial and licensing activities involving active Major League Baseball players. On behalf of its members, it operates the Players Choice licensing program and Players Choice Awards, which assist the needy through the Major League Baseball Players Trust, a charitable foundation established and run entirely by Major League Baseball Players. Follow @MLB_Players; @MLBPAClubhouse; @MLBPlayersTrust.