Topps signatures: which is real?

Or to take this a step further, what is reality, anyway? Here's a deep and perplexing question. Unless this is like the 'Who Wrote Shakespeare's Plays?' joke (that is, 'another person of the same name'), these two signatures are not inscribed by the same human bean. We've noticed this on a couple of Topps cards before--we'll rifle through our memory banks to find them--but anyway, what is going on here? A quick google search indicates that of these two examples, the Heritage card is probably the one that sports his actual signature:

The Topps contracts are often from whence the facsimile signatures are taken, which raises the question: so dude, who signed the Topps contract?


paulsrandomstuff said...

They could both be real. I know if I regularly signed autographs, that version of my signature would look a lot different that the one I used for checks & contracts.

Add in the fact that the contract was probably signed by a teenaged Aramis Ramirez, and there you go.

DC said...

Sir, we admire your trusting nature. Still, we would like a little forensic document examination.

thehamiltonian said...

I'd go with teenaged Ramirez on the contract, and a much more worldly Ramirez who signed the Heritage.

Hamilton's autograph has undergone a similar evolution.

Wax Heaven said...

They use the signature from their first Topps contract. Aramis has likely changed his signature multiple times since then.

Rod said...

Signatures change, I have Tony Gwynn signatures that I watched him sign that look different in the G of Gwynn. I have watched signatures change, my own on those days when I have to sign 70 things in a day for week.