Memorable Mail – Can you mail a ball?

Over the years I’ve wondered, “Can you mail a ball?” I have heard different opinions on the subject. Some say yes. Somewhere I heard that it has to be a special, high quality, postal-approved ball. I needed to know for myself.

mail a ballI decided that I should choose a good quality ball to make sure it didn’t pop or lose air during transit. A rubber playground ball was my first thought. Then I walked into the toy/sporting goods area and saw these beautiful bright yellow emoji balls. Although they weren’t rubber, they definitely seemed sturdy. And they were big – 18 inches! Not to mention, very affordable. After tax, the ball cost $3.09. It was worth a shot. If the post office wouldn’t take it, I was only out a few bucks.


I used a sharpie to write the to and from addresses and the message. After checking to be sure it wasn’t going to rub off, I took it to the post office with my partners in crime, aka “assistants.” When I gave the postal worker the ball, he didn’t even flinch. He handled it as if people mail balls every day. Maybe they do. I had several options for shipping. It was going within the greater metro area, so I knew it would get there quickly. Priority guaranteed the next day for around $6. I was also given the option of first class, which had tracking for around $3 and it would get there in 2 days. I chose the 2-day with tracking option. (Always get tracking. I’ve had disasters happen when I don’t.)

I chose to send this to a prospect that I have been following up with for over a year. We’ve done emails, in person meetings, etc. I decided it was time to change it up a bit and really grab their attention. This is the message I wrote on the ball:

“I hope you’ve “had a ball” this summer. I’m looking forward to reconnecting this fall.”

Can you mail a ball?

Here are some ideas in case you want to mail a ball:

  • Mail a BallTo a prospect: “I had a ball getting to know you. I hope we can work together soon.”
  • To a prospect: “Thanks for meeting with me. Let’s get the ball rolling. I can’t wait to get started.”
  • To a client: “I had a ball working on your project. I love how it all turned out. Thanks for your business.”
  • To a contact going on a trip: “Hope you have a ball in ____. Enjoy your trip. Let’s connect when you return.”

And, just in case you don’t want to do it yourself, I found a service that does nothing but send out balls for people. For about $20 you can have them write a message, address it and ship it. Check them out here.

Have you ever sent or received a ball in the mail? If you were going to mail a ball, who would you send it to and what would it say? Share your ideas in the comments.


  1. What you have done here is use a form of “lumpy mail.” You can send ANYTHING through the USPS! For example, I know of a cleaning business who increases his customer base by 50% by doing this idea: he sent out about $200 worth of toilet brushes to prospective customers telling them here’s your chance to clean your own office bathrooms OR you can contact me and I will do them for you at this price! His ROI exceeded that initial $200 investment with over $2000 of new business!

  2. Thank you, Deb, for the wonderful shout out – lumpy mail RULES.

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