I wrote to the Texas Rangers baseball club about 3 years ago, when Nolan was managing it, and shared my story of having attended a game in 1993 to meet him, but never getting the chance. They sent me a signed 8x10, but since I wasn't there, I can't know 100% sure whether its real or not. Its one of the very few items in my collection that's from a third party, so i took some shots with my new camera for examination. The signature appears to be a blue Sharpie, and it reflects differently than the rest of the picture when exposed to light...but I don't see any strokes from a marker. Could this be a preprint, or something else? What do you all think?
Here's a low-res scan; I don't put HQ ones online.
I uploaded my low-res scan to Google Images for a comparison, but they didn't have any matches. I did see other signatures though, and they look pretty identical. So, I'm thinking its either live or autopen; there's no smudging from a stamp, and the signature reflects differently from the photo.
it looks pretty good to me, and I have about 6 ryan autos in my collection, 5 of them topps certified. he always signs very deliberately, rare to see any streaks or anything, and his auto is so plentiful, i see no reason why the team would use an autopen. you can get an auto from his foundation very affordably if you wanted to.