Will there be an end to the autograph?
The amount of communication we do via the keyboard/keypad medium has increased rapidly over recent years. With this decreased use of the written word schools are struggling with the value of teaching cursive writing - From what I understand, today when it is taught, cursive writing is not a skill that is really focused upon.
I am not really interested in debating the merits of teach handwriting here - that is for the educators to discuss. But I would like to discuss the impact on the hobby of collecting signatures.
Let me first note that Mr Martinez's signature is not always printed as on the 2008 Topps card above. In fact if you want to check on ebay you will find that for the most part his signed cards look pretty good. But this card does provide a fairly noticeable autograph that is really not a signature as we commonly think of them.
My Questions are:
- If autographed cards are still considered hits 20 years form now, will half of them be of a hand printed signature?
- If your one per box hit were of a printed "signature" would you be disappointed?
- If your a kid an can barely write your own signature, would you place any value in getting a ball signed by a ballplayer?