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1911 Morgan Bulkeley Signed Check (HOF 1937)
Starting Bid - $400.00 , Sold For - $1,292.50
Bank check signed by Morgan Bulkeley (1837-1922), first President of the National League. The signature of Hall of Famer Bulkeley is rare in any form, especially on a check. The check, drawn on The Riggs National Bank of Washington, D.C., is dated February 11, 1911 and made out to the L. P. Hollander Co. in the amount of $47.19. It is signed "M. G. Bulkeley" in black fountain pen ("6," some minor bleeding). In 1876, when the National League was formed, Bulkeley was elected unanimously as its first president. Bulkeley was previously the president of the Hartford Dark Blues of the National Association. In the league's inaugural season, Bulkeley greatly enhanced the game's image by reducing gambling and drinking, but after one season he left baseball to pursue his interests in business, as president of the Aetna Insurance Company, and politics, eventually serving two terms as Mayor of Hartford, four years as Governor of Connecticut (1889-93), and six years as Senator (1905-1911). Bulkeley was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937. Bank checks signed by Hall of Fame players have always been especially desirable in the field of autograph collecting, and Bulkeley checks are extremely rare. This is one of only a few known to exist. The check (7.5 x 2.75 inches) displays normal bank cancellation perforations and is in apparent Excellent to Mint condition. The check has been handsomely matted and framed together with a 7.5 x 9-inch second-generation photo of Bulkeley to total dimensions of 12 x 16.5 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800+. SOLD FOR $1,292.50
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