Top 20 Baseball Autographs in the Hobby
The autographs that pass through the doors here at PSA/DNA are the lifeblood of the signature collecting hobby, and each has a special place for a given collector in the market.
In an effort to categorize those autographs that appeal to the widest range of collectors, we’ve elected to rank the top autographs from each sport.
Today, we discuss the Top 20 autographs from America’s most collected sport – baseball.
These twenty autographs are ranked according to a combination of factors, including popularity, historical significance and value.
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#16 – Josh Gibson
This powerful slugger’s autograph is almost a thing of legend. While some examples exist, they rarely surface (and when they do, they command staggering prices).
Gibson’s autograph is elusive and the reason is simple – Negro League players were rarely asked for their signatures. When they were, they were not placed on premium items, and instead, found their way onto scraps of paper or scorecards.
The former catcher’s scrawl was just that – very childlike, slow and deliberate. Gibson, who died at the young age of 35, struggled to sign his name and offered three common variants: Joshua Gibson, Josh Gibson and J. Gibson.
Learn more about Josh Gibson’s signature on PSA AutographFacts.
#14 – Cy Young
A prolific signer and letter writer during his post career, Cy Young was a great signer via the mail and in person, signing autographs right up until his death in 1955.
Cy Young’s autograph is not in abundance, but finding a signature on a 3x5 or government postcard is not a challenge. However, materials signed by Young during his playing days are virtually non-existent. Single-signed baseballs are very difficult to acquire, as are autographed photos.
Learn more about Cy Young’s signature on PSA AutographFacts.
#2 – Mickey Mantle
In the 1950s, Mantle’s signature went through some small changes, going from a very upright and innocent looking signature to a more stylish version. In 1956, this more stylish version of his signature took hold and it became slightly more flamboyant as the years went on.
During much of his playing career, Mantle rarely signed. Occasionally, he signed an autograph at the ballpark, team hotel or during spring training. He rarely signed team baseballs or fan mail.
Get all of the details on Mantle’s signature at PSA AutographFacts.
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