Has there ever been a nicer, more humble, more fan friendly superstar than Johnny Cash?

Johnny was the Babe Ruth of Country Music—the top-ranking Country artist of all time and the most loved. And Johnny loved his fans as much as they love him. So while like the Babe, Cash signed untold numbers of autographs, the supply could never meet demand...and probably never will.

Fans who couldn't meet Cash in person often requested autographs through the mail. The common belief is that he personally autographed those requests. But between his demanding touring schedule and later, his failing health and vision, it seems impossible that he could have signed even half of the mail he received.

A growing number of collectors and dealers now believe that many if not most Johnny Cash through the mail autographs were secretarial. We want to see if we can identify any secretarial styles, and at the same time build a reference collection of no-question genuine Cash exemplars to help identifying forgeries.


Are There Johnny Cash Secretarials?
If So, How Do We Identify Them?
Help Find Out!

You can be an important part of the study in three ways:

  1. Upload into this discussion images of Johnny Cash autographs that you personally received through the mail, and tell us when you received them. (The year is fine, but if you know the date, even better.)
  2. Upload images of Johnny's autographs that YOU saw signed by Johnny yourself. Include the date or at least year, too. If you didn't see it signed yourself (like pre-signed ones sold or given away at shows), please don't upload it.
  3. As more and more images are uploaded, see if you can identify characteristics that are commonly found on Johnny's through the mail autographs that are rarely if ever seen on ones signed in person.

With your help, we can identify Cash secretarials if they're out there. Over time this should increase the value of genuine Johnny Cash autographs, and help protect future fans and collectors against autographs that aren't authentic. 

Once we finish this phase of the study, we'll go on to identifying genuine Johnny Cash autographs from forgeries.

Let's go!

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Agree - been looking at this thread since yesterday. It does not appear to be Cash. It is so legible and deliberate.

Looks like it could be signed by Joanne Cash..

Thoughts on this one?

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It doesn’t look to me like Johnny Cash signed it. 

posted in other section and I said something doesn't seem right about it .it irks .so it wasn't just me not liking it

You guys are great.  I am trying to build a Johnny Cash reference library to make sure my examples are genuine.  This is from a second printing of a Man in Black book....what do you guys think?

looks fine

Thanks John, and a special thanks for sharing your collection.  I have really gotten into studying his signature.  He is tough in the sense that there are so many variations.

 I thought it would be interesting to add this photo to this discussion. according to the seller this is a secretarial signature signed by no other than June Carter.

dam well the johnny is spot on basicly , I see some variation in the end of the cash but I bet it would pass any tpa

Ya, right?  I dont know how the eBay seller came to this conclusion, but this is how this photo is described.

I guess it pays to know ur source when buying.

all my stuff was done jonny inperson but when ever I saw him june was always with him.



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