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1979 Don Mattingly "Very First" Minor League Rookie Endorsed Payroll Check
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,044.00
Don Mattingly payroll check (7.75 x 3 inches) dating from his rookie season with Oneonta of the New York-Penn League (NY Yankees minor league club). Mattingly was drafted right out of high school by the Yankees in the nineteenth round of the June 5, 1979 baseball draft. This Oneonta Athletic Corporation payroll account check is dated "July 31, 1979," so while we can't be certain that this is Mattingly's very first check as a professional baseball player, the date of the check suggests that this is very likely. The check has been personally endorsed by "Donald Mattingly" ("10") in red ballpoint on the reverse. When this check was issued, no one could have imagined the stardom that the future held for the then eighteen-year-old rookie. The check is in the amount of $237.51. Though we don't know the pay period for this compensation, it is probably for one week. We believe that through the course of his extraordinary professional career, this must be one of "Donnie Baseball's" smaller paychecks. The check has a single light vertical fold line. The strong ink signature on the reverse is completely unaffected by the normal bank cancellation marks and stamps. Near Mint condition. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,044.00
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