I guess I shouldn’t assume some of his signatures on sports cards this year are fake, but there are some varieties and it’s raising questions in sports card forums online. Let’s take a look at a handful of cards inserted into Football packs this past season and see the differences.
This is a signed football claiming to be authenticated by Global Authentics (Ebay Link).
Here is another ball from someone that has dozens of in person Auburn Tiger autos on the same ball.
This one was brought up by a Beckett forum member. It was signed in the presence of Topps officials at the Rookie Premiere as mentioned in this thread. Here is a video taken at one of these premieres a couple of years ago.
Notice all three of this signatures look very similar. I am fairly confident that this signature is 100% legit.
This is the 1st of the 2 Cam Newton Autographed cards I have pulled from packs recently. This autograph is on the card instead of a sticker like some of the autos you will see moving forward in this post.
Here is the 2nd Cam Newton autographed card I’ve pulled. (It’s for sale btw) Both of these are on card autos and have the similar look as the 3 reference autographs above.
Now here’s where it gets weird. This auto doesn’t look quite like the rest. Notice that it’s on a sticker.
Here is another sticker auto. Same “weird” auto.
A member on Blowout Cards forums gave his thoughts on the subject…
Looks to me that the sticker is restricting his auto. On-card is big and full, his stickers are cramped and therefore he is using a short version.
I can buy that, maybe.
Another sticker, the same variation.
Here is one that I am unsure if it’s a sticker or on card. If it’s a sticker, it’s much larger than other sticker autos which might explain the version I am considering legit at this point.
Last card for the post. This is one of the most recent cards of Cam Newton to hit. This is a sticker and this is the same version of the auto that most of the stickers have.
ugameck on Beckett seems to think something is up here…
is cam’s brother, father, friend, other signing half his stuff? or is it just a coincidence that HALF of his signatures are completely different from the other (including the loops in the C and pressure points in where the pen is placed to start and finish letters)…yet every ‘differently styled’ autograph is exactly the same as themselves?
It is entirely possible that he signs different depending on the space provided. I’ve seen player’s signatures cut off on some of the sticker autos out there. The stickers don’t seem to offer much space for big loopy signatures. My signature wouldn’t fit on one, I know that for a fact.
Famous players have someone sign stuff for them behind closed doors all the time. Well, at least that’s what I have heard. I do know for a fact that some players use an autopen too. Here’s a little story of when I was a kid. I found a book at the library with famous people’s mailing addresses in it. I copied dozens of players mailing addresses. I gathered cards I had and mailed them to these players with a self addressed stamped envelope and a polite letter asking for an autograph. Some sent back, some didn’t. I had one baseball player (can’t remember who, for some reason I am thinking Gary Carter) that sent back a letter asking me to donate $20 or more to a charity to obtain his ink. This was in the 80s and I was a young teen, I couldn’t fathom paying that much even though it was a noble gesture on the player’s part. Moving forward, I sent a couple cards to Jim Kelly at one point and he returned them. Beautify signature and a really fast turn around. Some time down the road, I mistakenly sent to him again and this time the cards I got in return were both signed and the signature was IDENTICAL. No flaws. Definitely machine done. They didn’t match the earlier autographs either. I will pull these out of the attic one day and show them. I think I kept all 4 cards.
Anyhow, what do you think? Is Cam Newton getting cards signed by a ghost signer?