Although I first started collecting vintage football autographs in the late 1980s, my collecting interests soon branched out to other sports. That happened after I began reading the sports pages of old newspapers on microfilm. I discovered the old sports cartoons. These cartoons were popular after the turn of the century and started to disappear in newspapers about the early 1960s. The graphic images created by these wonderful cartoonists really appealed to me. I thought these old sports cartoons would make a wonderful medium for collecting autographs. Not only were they great visual images, but they gave historical context and information about the career of the athlete. Thus my collection of vintage golf autographs extends into those who played in the 1920s and who were featured in these great old cartoons.
Each artist was distinct in his style. Some newspapers had their own in-house cartoonist while others were syndicated and their drawings appeared in newspapers across the country. Tom Paprocki (or Pap) was may favorite, but I also liked Alan Maver and Jack Sords. Although this website focuses on golf, I have a vast collection of vintage baseball, track and field, tennis, basketball, boxing, Olympics, and football autographs. My vintage sports autograph collection numbers in the thousands. Go to "Links" to connect to my other sports sites.
The majority of my golf autographs were obtained while volunteering at golf tournaments in California and Utah. I would prepare for these tournaments in advance by copying news articles reporting their previous wins to have them sign. Many would pause to reflect and comment on the past event.
I still collect autographs, but not in such a frenzied manner as I did in the late 1980s and 1990s. I think it is now time to share these wonderful old athletes, what I have learned about them, and their autographs with you.
Click on a category (ladies, Hall of Fame men, all the rest) on this page to see entries.
LAST UPDATED: March 30, 2015