Hand-signed vs. manufactured autos
I got a pair of really nice Randy Jones
autographs in the mail this past week -- one a nice personally hand-signed
card, the other a card company-produced signature on a stamp. The one with the
legitimate auto – the 2005 Donruss Greats Signature Gold HoloFoil #66 is on the
right. On the left, a 1976 SSPC #118.
A fifth-round Padres pick (1972), I got to
see Jones pitch at Jack Murphy enroute to his winning the 1976 NL Cy Young
Award. You couldn’t miss Jones on the mound with that bush of hair sticking out
from his hat (unless you were an opposing hitter). The Padres did the right
thing including his #35 with the other four retired Padres jerseys.
I love both the cards and I wouldn’t trade
them for anything, but it begs the question, which is better, a card that someone tells you is
"personally signed," or a company-produced signature card? If you can
get a player to personally autograph a card for you, that’s great. However, when
buying a “personally signed” card from another collector, does the need justify
While there are companies that can verify the
validity of a signature, they’re pretty expensive, and to me, for a
personally-signed card of say, Bip Roberts, it’s just not worth it.
Personally, I’ll take the second-hand,
hand-signed card any day. Living here in America’s heartland, it’s hard enough
to get personally-signed Padres autographs. I’ll try to get a few personal Triple
A Padres autos May 16-19 when the Iowa Cubs play host to Tucson, but it’s hard
enough when you live approximately 1,800 miles away from the parent Padres (as
the Duff drives).
As for me, I'll tempt the fates and take whatever
Padres autos I can get – whether they're hand-signed, or manufactured cards.
I believe in the sanctity and honesty of my fellow collectors.
Caveat Emptor? No way. Let's trade today.