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