Signature Legends: Iconic Autographs of Baseball's Greats

Cy Young

Cy Young was a prolific signer and letter writer post-career, but autographs from his playing days are extremely rare. Materials signed by him during his playing days are virtually non-existent, making them highly coveted

Ted Williams

Ted Williams' autograph was highly marketed in the 1980s and 1990s. His signature remained consistent and was a treat for collectors for over five decades, being large and graceful​

Mel Ott

Known for a very legible autograph simply penned as "Mel Ott", he sometimes signed as "Melvin Ott" during the late 1920s. His autograph can be found on a variety of items including 3x5s and album pages

Christy Mathewson

During his playing career, signing autographs wasn't common. A handful of his checks from the 1920s have become collectibles, mostly sent by his wife to honor fan requests​

Walter Johnson

Known as "The Big Train", Johnson’s signature was typically neat and legible, often taking up the entire sweet spot of a baseball. His autographs are tough to find as he died before players regularly received mail requests​

Jimmie Foxx

Foxx had many variations of his signature, including "Jim Foxx", "Jimmie Foxx", and "Jimy Foxx". His signature style changed over the years, and most authentic material on the market is from the 1950s and 1960s

Derek Jeter

Jeter's signature evolved from his high school and minor league days to his major league signature. Early signatures from before his New York days are considered rare by modern standards

Babe Ruth

Top of the list in "The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs", Babe Ruth's signature is considered the most desired and valuable in baseball history. His signature's rarity and historical importance make it a true artifact of American history​