Thursday, May 26, 2016

THIS is What An Autograph Should Look Like

Today I have the anti-Sammy.

Billy Williams is everything that Sammy Sosa isn't.  Talented, but unassuming....let his game do his talking....a Hall of Famer.

And Billy knows how to sign an autograph.


These are the olderst items in my collection that have his signature,  They are both from 1967, Topps and Dexter Press.  Billy uses cursive and you can read his name.


Here's a couple more, Jewel 1969 and Kelloggs 1970.  All four of the above are from different companies, which means they weren't reusing the same signature.  Its four different signatures, but four similar looking signatures.  Billy was as consistent with the pen as he was with the bat.

One more from his playing days....this time on the back of a card, the 1974 Topps.  The signature is not the same one Topps used in 1967, but it is very similar.

And now we flash forward 39 years, to one of my most recent autographed cards, from 2013.

Its a little sloppier, but I would attribute that to the fact that he was 75 years old and probably signing several hundred cards.

My favorite Cubs player does it right on and off the field.


  1. It may be a little sloppier, but that GQ card is a beaut.

  2. That '67 IS a great card. By contrast, I noticed that several bloggers have posted this year's '67 Heritage cards, and besides the poorly-focused photos, every signature is a lazy, scribbled mess that you can't read.

  3. "Billy Williams is everything that Sammy Sosa isn't. Talented, but unassuming....let his game do his talking"

    Truer words were never typed. Hell - you could Billy up against most players and that statement would be accurate.

  4. I'd take an autograph like that over most modern player's graphs any day. Beautiful

  5. The preprints were also likely lifted from a ballpoint pen autograph as opposed to the thicker sharpie.

  6. Agreed. And I'll add that same can be said about my favorite Cub, Billy's longtime teammate, Ron Santo.