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1942 Tony Lazzeri Signed Check
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,643.75
Bank check, dated June 23, 1942, signed by Hall of Fame second baseman Tony Lazzeri. The check, drawn on the Wells Fargo Bank & Union Trust Co., is made out to “Cash” in the amount of $10 and is flawlessly signed “Anthony M. Lazzeri” in black ink (grading “10”). Endorsed on the reverse by “J. M. Castles, Auditor.” Tony Lazzeri checks are extremely rare. The offered example is the first we have seen and one of only several examples known. A key member of the 1927 Yankees’ famed “Murderer’s Row,” Lazzeri was one of the most feared hitters in baseball during his fourteen-year career (1926-1939). “Poosh Em Up Tony” batted in over 100 runs on seven separate occasions during the eleven-year span 1926-1936, which was no small feat considering the fact that he often followed Ruth and Gehrig in the batting order. He retired with a .292 lifetime average and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991, forty-five years after his passing. The check (6 x 2.75 inches) displays normal bank cancellations stamps and perforations (not affecting the signature), and is in Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,643.75
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