Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Zach Britton's Autograph Evolution

Most of the time, as a player rises from the Minor Leagues to the Majors, his autograph degrades from a decent signature to some random squiggles.

Example Derrek Lee...

1994 Signature Rookies (Certified)

2011 Topps Heritage (In-Person)

However, Zach Britton appears to have gone the opposite way with his autograph.

In his early years in the Orioles farm system, this is how his signature looked...

It was pretty much big Z scribble, big B scribble.

But then sometime over the past year or so, this is how he started to sign...

That's a pretty legible Zach Britton signature.

If I hadn't got all three of these autographs in person, I would definitely think that I was being duped, but I watched Zach sign these cards, so I know they are 100% authentic. I don't think that I've ever seen another example of a player's signature improving as he has become more successful or famous. Maybe the next time Zach is signing, I can try to ask him what prompted the change. I'm certainly intrigued.


Paul said...

I remember reading a story about Harmon Killebrew inspiring Michael Cuddyer to make his autograph legible.

I can't think of any instances in my own experience where a player's autograph got that much better later in their career.

Ryan aka Orioles Magic said...

I think I read about that right after Killebrew passed away. Very inspiring.

It's a good trend, maybe it will catch on, but probably not.