I just wanted to post these here to see what Fudd the Lowly Mantle Collector can do to help stop the flood of forgeries into the market place. The goal is that we can all start educating ourselves before we buy. To see what a beautiful signature the Mick had, and to learn to distinguish it from the obvious forgeries at first glance. Something TTA, STAT, DREW MAX, GAI GLOBAL (Baker certs) My Favorite Players Reborn (Tony Podsada) & Christopher Morales can't seem to do....at all? You will almost never see a signature in this photo album collection that would match or come close to anything that has been certed by any of those guys. Maybe you'll find 1 in a 1000 if you're lucky. To tell the difference between what an original hand signed Photo by the Mick looks like vs. an obvious Fake at first glance is easy. Give it a try. It's Fun!

As has been told many times, The Mick made more in one signing than his dad did in 1 year. He felt obligated to his fans to give them a "work of art". He did this by signing on just the right spot for the particular photograph he was presented. The size of his signature was determined by how big the sweet spot was. He knew EXACTLY how to fit his signature in so it looked perfect. A thing of beauty really. Please note that these are not all the same signature over and over, but merely a sample from my collection. What I do know is that these are consistent with the WAY Mantle signed and structured his Autograph as we know it. Good luck! FUDD





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Comment by Steve Zarelli on May 16, 2011 at 4:56pm
Great stuff, Fudd. Thanks so much for sharing.  It always helps to see a large grouping of authentic exemplars to help train the eye.
Comment by Christopher Williams on May 16, 2011 at 5:42pm

Fudd was one of the first viewers of my videos and a staunch supporter.  Helluva job here, Fudd.

Below is a great example of a Mickey Mantle forgery. 




Comment by Rick Meyer on May 16, 2011 at 8:43pm
I wouldn't even let my kid play with that ugly ball!!!
Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Admin on May 16, 2011 at 9:33pm


Thanks for these. I used them as examples of genuine for the Mantles in the soldier in Afghanistan's SPs.

Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Admin on May 16, 2011 at 9:37pm

I need some very high resolution signed in person Mantle autographs from photos (1200 dpi+). Just scan the signature...don't need the entire photo. You either need to have seen these signed or know someone you trust 100% that saw them signed. Must be signed in Sharpie and scanned at 1200 DPI or better.

Can anyone help?

Comment by Steve Zarelli on May 17, 2011 at 11:14am

Hey Fudd... what do you think of this one? I hope you like it because I just bought it!! :-)


I like it when there is a crossover loop in the M. Don't see it too often on the second M.  



It compares very favorably to this SP of yours:


Comment by Brandon Mysinger on May 17, 2011 at 1:01pm
Fantastic!  I see it now!  Once you see known authentic examples in a row, it makes it pretty glaring what his pattern and habits were.
Comment by Fuddjcal on May 17, 2011 at 2:41pm
I do like (love) the signature on the photo Mr Zipper, It would be one that I would try to purchase as well.
Comment by Steve Zarelli on May 19, 2011 at 5:43pm

Here's another one we can certainly put in the good column.


(click to enlarge)


Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Admin on May 21, 2011 at 8:48am
Zippy, could high please explain why you're certain that's genuine? Education!


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