Not every card was from that era - in this trade I got my first '17s! I know its fashionable to rag on the design but to me photo selection is more important than design so this set is a winner for me.
Here's a nice photo from '05 Fleer Tradition. Notice the facsimile signature at the bottom. They were part of the card design that year.
Except, it seems, when they couldn't find a signature for a player, leading to this funny-looking repetition of the player's name in print and then printed cursive.