Is This Don Mattingly Autograph Real????

Is This Don Mattingly Autograph Real????

Last week I received a TTM return from Don Mattingly.  I’m guessing that he was just getting to his mail since the baseball season had concluded.  I sent the card to him way back in February, 2010 – 19 months ago!!

And while I normally would have jumped for joy at the thought of receiving an autograph of ‘Donnie Baseball’ for my collection, I was actually more in shock.

I am very skeptical that this signed card was actually signed by Mattingly.

Take a look:

OK, at first I was worried so I jumped on the Internet to get a little more info.  After reviewing some of the autograph collecting websites that I frequent, I had seen a few more Mattingly TTM returns happen during the week.  That made me feel better, maybe he was just getting to all of his mail now.  It’s possible, right?

The problem is that none of the other successful TTM returns had pictures so I had nothing to compare mine to.

The only thing I could do was turn to Ebay.  And on Ebay, these are what Mattingly’s certified autograph cards look like:

And knowing that I should not really compare a TTM return to a certified autographed card, I found some other Mattingly autos that were not certified.

Here they are:

Now, I know not to trust every Ebay seller out there – and I have heard all of the stats saying that more than 70% of signed sports memorabilia on the web is fake.

But still, these are three very different looking Mattingly signatures.  And again, none of them look like the one I just got.

Look at my card again.

You see how there are virtually no similarities…  I know and understand that a plyer signing for free versus signing for a fee may have different approaches to the autograph.  But to have nothing in common?  Shortened version, I get it.  Less attention to the placement of the auto, I can handle that too…  BUT MY CARD LOOKS NOTHING LIKE ANY OF THESE!!!

So, I now leave it to you – my loyal ’30-YOC’ readers.  I know that many of you collect autographs, collect Yankees, and collect Mattingly.

Give me your thoughts.  Has this Don Mattingly baseball card really been signed by Mr. Mattingly or have I been duped??


14 responses to “Is This Don Mattingly Autograph Real????

  1. Yes, Actually …. In my opinion it’s authentic. Needless to say Donnie Baseball was in a hurry when he signed it. You scored a great TTM auto!

  2. I think it’s real. There is a run of successes, but yours looks better than the examples you show. Plus you sign your name over and over and subtle differences occur.

    Just my two cents but looks good to me.

  3. IMO, no I don’t think it is. But I don’t have anything to compare it to. All the examples I’ve seen over the years match the certified examples. The uncertified examples are some of the worst fakes I’ve seen. It’s possible your card is a ‘hurried’ signature. But, I feel even a “hurried” example of your signature looks like your “regular” signature…

  4. Hopefully I am wrong, but it looks like a fake. I am not familiar with TTM autographs, but his autograph on your card should look like the certified autograph cards.

  5. I’m not sure but I can tell you I’ve seen several of the TTM Mattinglys and they all look similar to yours.

  6. I received one too. I think it is real and here’s why: my success and other’s successes from Dodger stadium came back in early Oct., the successes from his home addy came in mid-Oct. That would coincide with his schedule, unless of course his ghost writer travels with him. I think his sig just changed to a variation he could sign quicker. Love the site btw. Please check out mine

  7. I received one and think its real. Here;s why: success from Dodger stadium are being reported in early Oct. success from home addy reported in mid-Oct. This would coincide w/ his schedule. I think his sig changed to something he could sign quicker. Unless of course, his ghost signer is travelling w/ him. Love your site btw, please check out mine

  8. I think it is real. I got one Donnie to sign for me down in spring training in AZ in March and both your autograph and Bill’s look almost identical to mine. I also read the Lost Collector’s blog and his is the same as well. In my opinion, they are legit!

  9. When I was a kid, I read a book in 1994 that advised that no two signatures of Don Mattingly were the same. The book advised that His signature was notorious for being inconsistent over the years, and I know that hasn’t changed. Take a look at his certified signatures in 1999 and how they look in 2019. I’ve even seen in-person autographs that look completely from right field (which aren’t even here). It just depends on what day you get him.

    It does look like an authentic signature, but you never know unless you personally witnessed it.

  10. This is just my collectors opinion. It seems legitimate since I’ve personally seen PSA slabs authenticating that particular signature. I’ve seen elsewhere this signature style for Mattingly. It’s not uncommon for sports players signatures to change style over the years during their career, particularly as they find themselves signing away with more and more frequency. Derek Jeter is an excellent example of someone whose signature style has changed more than once. Having said that, there are scammers and there are some red flag signs to look for in fakes. Generally, hesitation in the flow of the signature, deliberate ink points and disruption of ink in the signature, a fluid signature that doesn’t match other prior samples recorded, and of course an entirely mismatched signature, these are all indicators of forgery. It’s been years since this lost, did you ever verify the authenticity through PSA? Cheers.

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