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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Oh ya....there is nothing like an inperson autograph. 

John what do you think about this one?  Signed in his older age?

I have tons from johnny after he stopped touring and was digagnosed  sick non look like that

his signature was  all way basicly the same  and it spelleled johnny cash

either way I woudnt touch it

Thanks John!

don't think I posted this yet inperson signed program signed in the 1990s

What a great piece!

some inperson johnny and june

some inperson johnny and june and marshal grant signed late 19990s. this was signed right as he retired for ever playing again

A stunning piece!  Do you think that June signed her through the mail stuff?  An ebay seller told me that autographed photos were often sold at their merchandise table during you know if thats true?

they had a store called the house of cash and sold 8 x 10s and memoribila for years.

no clue if she signed her mail stuff they were on the road all the time and did sell stuuf.

about signed photos at shows no clue but wouldn't dobt it. they were very nice and very accesable people

Nice....wish I could have met them



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