I have been collecting and studying Michael's signature for 15 years. I waited on many occasions at hotels where the Bulls stayed during road trips for as long as 10 hours waiting for "MJ" to appear. I then graduated to attending various charity functions where Michael participated in. Over the years I have noticed that Michael's autograph has changed dramatically over his illustrious career. By experience, I am able to identify these changes and able to place them during a certain time frame (years) that it was possibly signed. I have categorized his signature as 1. Pre NBA 2. Vintage Rookie 3. Mid 1980's style 4. 1990s (Pre UDA) 5.UDA style (1992-2003)
I have also noticed that Michael Jordan signs differently depending on "Who, What and Where" he is at. Meaning that Jordan's "FAN" Autograph would appear different that if he, for example: Special situations=Important donated items to specific charity events, legal documents, friends of the family, or any other people of importance. I have also noticed that his signature has different variations depending on the situation. Meaning that: 1. He was in a non-signing mood (normally after a game that they lost) "one is very lucky even to get him to sign" 2. Being the only one around to ask for his autograph. 3."Rushed style due to many fans hording around him. Each different scenario can play a huge factor on the quality of his autograph.
In this website I will also cover Jordan's "autopen" signature demonstrating closeup examples of his "mechanically" generated autograph. On the contrary, I will not go into too much detail on forgeries which are plentiful on the secondary market.