Vintage Track and Field Autographs

Olympians and Other Stars of the Past--1920s thru 1960s

How High, How Far, How Fast?

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 from after the turn of the century and started to disappear in newspapers about the late 1950s.  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 track and field autographs extends into those in the 1920s and who were featured in these great old cartoons.

Each cartoonist 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 track and field, I have a vast collection of vintage baseball, tennis, golf, basketball, boxing, Olympics, and football autographs. My vintage sports autograph collection numbers in the thousands. I have a different website for each sport. Connect to my other sports sites on the "Links" page.

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.

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LAST UPDATED:  January 8, 2017

Watch a video clip of:

  • Jim Beatty

  • Ralph Boston

  • Don Bragg

  • Charlie Capozzoli

  • Ray Conger

  • Hal Connolly

  • Chuck Fenske

  • Hayes Jones

  • Don Lash

  • Dallas Long

  • Parry O'Brien

  • Tom O'Hara

  • Bob Richards

  • Wes Santee

  • Bob Schul

  • Bob Seagren

  • Frank Shorter

  • Dave Sime

  • John Thomas

  • Gene Venzke

  • Dave Wottle

Listen to an interview with:

  • Bud Held

Recent Blog Entries

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New Additions

Tom Courtney (Middle Distance Runner)

J.D. Martin (Pole Vault)

Charlie Moore (Hurdler)

Bob Schul (Distance Runner)

Frank Shorter (Distance Runner)

Arnie Sowell (Middle Distance Runner)

Dave and Don Styron (Sprinter and Hurdler)

Dave Wottle (Middle Distance Runner)

Vic Zwolak (Steeplechase)