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Old 05-14-2012, 01:31 AM
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Default HOF Auto's Part 3 (Scan Heavy) - Nolan Ryan, Tommy John, Kid & Earl Weaver

I'm just a lurker around these parts, but I thought I'd jump in and ask for some opinions. From 1978 to 1983 I wrote to a million different players seeking their autographs on my baseball cards. A good many signed and popped them into the SASE's I enclosed. Back then, when I got an autograph through the mail, there was no doubt in my mind it was authentic. These days, though, from everything I've been gathering and all the greed that's so evident in baseball, there seems to be a different mindset. So, I'm going to post a bunch of scans of my HOFer autographs I got TTM and hope people will offer me their opinions on the authenticity of the signatures.

Some of the cards are in rough shape, because I'd send them some of the worse cards I had in case they didn't respond. That way it would have been less of a loss if I didn't hear back.

I welcome any and all input and, as a side note, most of these cards are available for trade if anyone is interested. You'll find my 1957-1971 need list over in the 50's-80's buy/sell/trade section.
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Old 05-14-2012, 05:20 AM
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The first three Nolan Ryan signatures are secretarial, no question. Nolan is a huge focus of mine and I have gotten him in person under many different circumstances. These were most likely signed by an Angels clubhouse boy, as I recognize the handwriting. This was fairly common for this era.

Here are three examples of secretarial signatures of Nolan from the same era with the Angels. None of the characters in the inscription or the signature on the ball match Nolan's handwriting. BTW, even PSA, in all their infinite wisdom, frequently get these wrong. The slabbed signed 1979 card of Nolan is an especially brutal fake. How did this ever get passed? Geez!

The The last example is Ryan's real signature circa 1972. This is from Ryan's 1st contract with the Angels and just sold in the REA auction.
I hope this helps!

No comment on any of these others, as I don't recall getting any of them.

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Old 05-14-2012, 05:12 PM
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The Carters look consistent with what I've gotten from Gary in person...
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I collect Hal Chase, Diamond Stars (PSA 5 or better), 1951 Bowman (Raw Ex or better), 1954 Topps (PSA 7 or better), 1956 Topps (Raw Ex or better), 3x5 Hall of Fame Autographs and autographed Perez Steele Postcards. You can see my collection by going to
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