Vintage Sports Autographs

Stars of the Past

A Few Different Sports

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.  I have a vast collection (numbering several thousand items) of vintage baseball, track and field, golf, basketball, tennis, and football autographs. They are featured on my other websites which can be accessed from my Links page. The autographs on this website include other sports like swimming, diving, boxing, automobile racing, and other athletic pursuits.  The autographs extend into those who participated in these sports 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.

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.


LAST UPDATED:  November 13, 2015

Watch a Video Clip of:

  • Muhammad Ali (Boxing)
  • Lou Ambers (Boxing)
  • Art Aragon (Boxing)
  • Eddie Arcaro (Equestrian Sports)
  • Barry Asher (Bowling)
  • Carmen Basilio (Boxing)
  • Bill Boland (Equestrian Sports)
  • Dick Button (Figure Skating)
  • Earl Clark (Diving)
  • Billy Conn (Boxing)
  • Dave Erb (Equestrian Sports)
  • John Force (Automobile Racing)
  • Gene Fullmer (Boxing)
  • Don Garlits (Automobile Racing)
  • Rocky Graziano (Boxing)
  • Carol Heiss Jenkins (Figure Skating)
  • Eleanor Holm (Swimming)
  • Tommy Ivo (Automobile Racing)
  • Hayes Jenkins (Figure Skating)
  • Chris Karamesines (Automobile Racing)
  • Adolph Kiefer (Swimming)
  • George Kojac (Swimming)
  • Kathy Kusner (Equestrian Sports)
  • Ted Lindsay (Hockey)
  • Johnny Longden (Equestrian Sports)
  • Chris McCarron (Equestrian Sports)
  • Joey Maxim (Boxing)
  • Shirley Muldowney (Automobile Racing)
  • Murray Murdoch (Hockey)
  • Floyd Patterson (Boxing)
  • Hayden Proffitt (Automobile Racing)
  • Bob Pulford (Hockey)
  • Maurice Richard (Hockey)
  • Doug Rose (Automobile Racing)
  • Jonas Salk (Boxing)
  • Milt Schmidt (Hockey)
  • Judy Soutar (Bowling)
  • Dorothy Hill Teuber (Diving)
  • Chico Vejar (Boxing)
  • Manuel Ycaza (Equestrian Sports)
  • Tony Zale (Boxing)

New Additions

Barry Asher (Bowling)

Loa Boxberger (Bowling)

Ed Johnston (Hockey)

Chris McCarron (Equestrian Sports)

Bob Pulford (Hockey)

Pete Rademacher (Boxing)

Judy Soutar (Bowling)

Chico Vejar (Boxing)

Manuel Ycaza (Equestrian Sports)