A few days ago I talked about some of the worst signatures of this years class, and how disappointing it was to see how many of their signatures had become a disaster. The next question that I want to discuss is how much value have a great signature can have, as I believe that is also a big reason collectors will buy. Here are some of my favorite MODERN signatures, as in the past, every guy signed his whole name like a true gentleman. It was a source of pride back then, and as we have seen recently, that time has passed.
Adrian Peterson – Homer Pick
Yes, yes, I get that he is on this list at the top because he is my favorite player. That is pretty obvious to everyone. However, he does have a pretty awesome signature. Here is the worst part – he also has a give up version that I dont like half as much. This only increases the value of his full signature, to which Peterson collectors like me will go nuts to have them.
I was surprised to see how valuable Kirk Cousins’ cards are, even though its becoming more and more clear that RGIII will be around to start the season. I guess there isnt a lot of faith that the Redskins’ QB of the future will be healthy enough to continue playing at a high level. Cousins has tremendous penmanship, and even I will admit I am impressed with the way it look.
The former Giants running back is known for his unusual takes, including his unusual attempt at a comeback. He had a great career either way, and his auto would have value regardless of what it looked like. Collectors have long raved about his looping masterpiece, which even I am impressed with. I think the fact that he manages to sneak his number in there is also pretty awesome.
One good signature deserves another, and the other half of the Barber twins has a similarly awesome signature. Ronde will be in the HOF as a CB, but even when he gets there, signatures for defense rarely sell very well. His sells better because of the way it looks, and I would not be surprised to see a bump when he retires after playing as long as he has.
I think its going to be a longer shot for Kurt Warner to make it into the top echelons of the Hobby, but he had a great career with a Super Bowl win. He also had two other appearances where he lost in dramatic fashion. Warner has a very stylistic signature that I think looks very nice, and when you consider that he doesnt sign many cards, it makes his auto more expensive.
As an up and coming QB on an underperforming team, Stafford has put up some blistering stats over the last two years. Not only has he passed for a TON of yards and TDs, but he has stayed relatively healthy along the way. His autograph is pretty remarkable, and I absolutely love the way he scrawls it out over the whole area of the signature area. Even on stickers it looks nice.
Although he wasnt drafted in the first round, his signature is incredible. I hope he plays well enough in NY that he gets more opportunities to sign cards because he definitely takes the time to make his autograph count. I have heard he might have one of the best rookie autographs in the last few years, and I agree. Its a good thing when the best potential star in the class also has the best sig.
Interested to hear some more of your favorites as I surely missed a couple. I love beautiful autos and I continue to hunt down more examples as I find them. Lets just hope more rookies turn out like this rather than like this train wreck.