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Old 01-17-2018, 02:18 PM
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Lots of people have interesting ideas when it comes to asking a player to sign their name. I've seen some people who collect only full name signatures, etc. Let's see some autographs that aren't "rare" in general but are rare to find.

Here's my Albert Belle, nee Joey Belle, signed rookie as Joey Belle with a "Tribe" inscription. If Albert is ever elected, as I firmly believe he should be, this card with this signature would be a grail to someone:


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Old 01-17-2018, 03:35 PM
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Great card!!! I also believe Albert should be in the HOF.
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Old 01-17-2018, 05:41 PM
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Hey Packs, I love the Joey Belle autographed card. Definitely scarce.
Cool topic, BTW.
Here is the rarer, more formal version of Lefty Grove's autograph on a circa 1931 album page.
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Old 01-18-2018, 08:51 AM
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Default Brooks Robinson

While most of us know that Brooks Robinson signs about everything so his autograph is common. While I like picking up his signed pieces and think he has a pretty nice autograph some people think that it’s a bit sloppy. Maybe not sloppy compared to the newer player autographs, but compared to old school players. While I don’t think his early autograph are altogether “rare” I believe they look a lot different than his current style even though I can see similarities.
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Old 01-18-2018, 12:03 PM
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Same thing with Willie Stargell. His early signature differs pretty significantly from his later years version. Below is my rookie era signed 1963 along with a post career (not mine) example.



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The left is a early career Sandberg.The right is how he signs now.
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Neil Armstrong gemini era autograph

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Old 01-18-2018, 06:28 PM
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Ricky knows that Rickey used to sign a bit differently. They look similar, in some areas, but his earlier signature is pretty close to the facsimile autograph printed on the card.
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Thank you, as this thread made me dig through my stacks


Robin Roberts, know for almost "printing" his signature, certainly didn't begin that way! Here is a mimic to his 51/52 signing style, he got BETTER with age!


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I agree with Scott, cool topic (AND I like the Joey Belle too.)

Now I haven't been into autographs for very long but I have not seen Mr. Hartnett sign like this anywhere else.

I read in some old post that some players signed to replicate what was printed on the card - do many find this accurate?

Again, cool topic. Thanks. -peter
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