30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Honor Thy Father

It took awhile... but I finally obtained an autograph of Sy Berger.  Who the heck is Sy Berger?  Well... he's often referred to as the Father of the Modern Day Baseball Card and is credited for helping design the iconic 1952 Topps baseball card.  Berger was a Topps employee for a staggering fifty years.

Unfortunately... the authenticity of this autograph has come into question, since it doesn't have the official Topps authenticity sticker that's usually affixed to the back.  In other words this card isn't one of the pack pulled versions from 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites.

When I first noticed this, I was pretty disappointed.  But since then... I have spoken to two collectors who received these cards from Sy himself... and neither of theirs had stickers on the back.

So maybe... just maybe Sy Berger did actually autograph this card after all.  MAYBE.

Happy Thursday and sayonara!


  1. I know a guy who can get you a Certificate of Authenticity (including a hologram sticker!) at a good price...


  2. Interesting, maybe his own custom, for TTMers? Cool, none the less.

  3. When compared to his authenticated autographs it looks correct, the "Sy" and "B" are pretty unique and they match up well.

  4. I got one as well without a sticker when I sent a letter to Sy.

  5. It passes the eye test when I checked similar cards.

  6. I wonder if Topps might help out on that and get it authenticated.

    Nah. It's Topps. They're too busy coming up with the latest sick Camo-X-clear-goldfractor parallel mini framed insert for the Topps Allen & Tribute Five Star Queen set for next year. ;-)