I wrote that the autograph was not the same as on the original card of Buckner's in 1982.
I wondered, why the difference?
There is also a certified autograph version of the Archives card and I have one.
This is Buckner's modern signature. Similar to the 1982 version, but completely different from what was on the base archives card.
There were two different comments on the topic. Jim said, tongue in cheek, "Proof positive that it's been some Topps lackey signing these cards!"
Joe had a different take : "I once read a story about how the "Walt Disney" script logo was not based on Walt Disney's signature, so after enough people got upset with Walt that he wasn't signing his name "right", he had to learn to sign his name the way it appeared in the movies and TV shows.
...Which is a long-winded way of saying that I suspect that some athletes and celebrities have a legal signature and then they have an "autograph signature". If this is true of Buckner, then I would guess that one card shows his signature and the other his autograph."
Joe makes perfect sense....if it was any other company that we'd be dealing with. But we're not. We're talking Topps.
Want to know where the signature on Billy Buck's 2012 Archives card comes from?
You'd think that a company that makes baseball cards would have some baseball knowledge and know that there were different players with the same name. And knowing that, would double-check to make sure that the correct signature was used.
You'd like to think that.
But you'd be wrong.