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Old 07-20-2018, 03:01 PM
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Here's an in-person Mays and Koufax from the same time period, so you can compare.
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Old 07-20-2018, 05:53 PM
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I would put them up on ebay. Then get a quick opinion. It will cost a few dollars put it will help to keep your piece of mind.

koufax mays and ryan.
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Old 07-20-2018, 07:32 PM
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Mays and Ryan look fine, I would comfortably buy both. The Ryan has an odd R-y connection but I think it is just the normal variance in a signature, looks like a Scoreboard type signature from back in the day.
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Old 07-21-2018, 11:15 AM
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Personally, I think they all look good., I am least familiar with Ryan, but the Dimaggio and Mays are very nice.
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Old 07-21-2018, 12:50 PM
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Thank you everyone.
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Old 07-21-2018, 05:58 PM
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OK, I guess I'm just being overly cautious. I am most familiar with Nolan Ryan's autograph, as I have been collecting him since the 1970s, and he is my favorite player of all time.

On the Ryan, I don't like the combination of style between first and last name. In my experience, by the time Nolan dropped the "a" from his first name, he had already dropped the verticle transition line between the "R" and "y" in his last name. So, to me, if there is no visible "a" in his first name, there should also be no verticle line between the "R" and "y" in the last.

On the Mays, I don't like the waviness and multiple directions of the letters in his first name. If you look at the example posted after the OP's ball, you'll see that "Willie" is straight, and the letters all point to the top-left. On the OP's ball the writing is wavy, and the last two letters go in a different direction.

I'm less knowledgeable on the Koufax and DiMaggio. I don't like the waviness of the "y" in "Sandy", and something about the DiMaggio just strikes me as "off". Combined with my feelings on the Ryan and Mays, I just have to lump the DiMaggio and Koufax in with them.

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Old 07-22-2018, 01:57 PM
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Theyre all good.
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Old 07-22-2018, 11:28 PM
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I heavily collect Mays and thats definitely authentic. The Ryan is absolutely good as well. Koufax looks Ok but Im not as frsmilisr with him so Ill refrain on saying its good confidently.
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Old 07-23-2018, 09:22 AM
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The Ryan is fine...well within his variation of signatures...
Been collecting Ryan for over 30 years....I have hundreds of his autograph and I'd add this one with no problem.
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Old 07-23-2018, 11:05 AM
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I think they're all good as well. The Sauly, Fleece Mop and Dimaggio are 99.9%. The Nolan looks just like the Ryan I got from his foundation that the autograph has completed faded from the Selig ball.
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