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1943 Herb Pennock Twice-Signed Personal Check
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $940.00
Herb Pennock personal check, dated January 21, 1943, is made out to the “Hotel Myles Standish” in the amount of $70 and signed “Herbert J. Pennock” in black fountain pen (grading “9/10”). Pennock has also signed the check a second time on the reverse, also in black fountain pen (grading “9/10’), in receipt of a $71.36 cash advance from the hotel. The check is drawn on the National Bank and Trust Company of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, which was Pennock’s hometown. Pennock was later nicknamed “The Knight of Kennett’s Square” due to the fact that during the off-season he raised thoroughbreds and hosted fox hunts there. Miller Huggins once called Pennock the greatest left hander in history and if his World Series record is any indication, Huggins may have been correct. Pennock seemed to be at his best during the postseason, as evidenced by his unblemished record of 5-0 with a 1.95 ERA in World Series games. He finished his career with 241 wins and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1948, the year of his death. Pennock was supervisor of the Boston Red Sox farm system at the time this check was written. The following year he became general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. The check (6.25 x 2.75 inches) displays a single vertical fold and a tiny area of adhesive residue in the lower right corner, as well as normal bank cancellation stamps and holes (some of which touch upon the signatures). In Excellent condition overall. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $940.00
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