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Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey Signed Checks (2)

Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $822.50

Pair of checks signed, respectively, by Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey, the two men who together were responsible for breaking the color barrier in organized baseball in 1946. Branch Rickey checks are extremely rare. We estimate that fewer than fifty Rickey checks are known to exist, which is a very modest number for such an important and popular type of signed item, from such a historically significant Hall of Famer. 1) Jackie Robinson Personal Check: the check, dated May 2, 1972, and drawn on the State National Bank of Connecticut, is made out to the "R & R Chicken Shack" in the amount of $4,000 and has been signed by "Jack R. Robinson" in blue ink ("10"). The check (6 x 2.75 inches) displays a very light vertical fold and normal bank cancellation stamps. Ex-Mt. 2) Branch Rickey Personal Check: the check, dated August 4, 1964, and drawn on the Mercantile Trust Company of St. Louis, is made out to "Archie Jones" in the amount of $31 and has been signed by "Branch Rickey" in blue ink ("9"). The check (8 x 3 inches) displays three light vertical folds, a minor crease in the lower left corner, and normal bank cancellation stamps and perforations. Vg-Ex. Rickey and Robinson will forever be linked in baseball history due to their courageous battle against, and victory over, the overt discrimination practiced by organized baseball prior to 1946. Together, the two weathered the storm of public protest to achieve a measure of equality to set the stage for the future and promote the spread of civil rights within our society as a whole. This is an outstanding pair of signed checks that would be perfect for display together. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 2 checks. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $822.50

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