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1930 Ty Cobb Signed Check
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $940
Personal check, dated December 8, 1930, signed by Hall of Fame outfielder Ty Cobb. The check, drawn on the Georgia Railroad Bank of Augusta, Georgia, is made out to "Collector Internal Revenue" in the amount of $102.39 and is signed "Tyrus R. Cobb" in black fountain pen (grading "10"). The stamped endorsement of "J. T. Rose - Collector of Internal Revenue" appears on the reverse. Cobb was two years into his retirement from professional baseball at the time this check was written. Unlike many ballplayers, Cobb was an astute businessman and his investments over the years earned him much more than he ever made during his legendary baseball career. At the time of his death in 1961, the value of his estate was estimated to be approximately $11,780,000. The check (8 x 3 inches) has one typical light vertical fold, a thin check ledger storage strip along the left side, as well as normal bank cancellation stamps and perforations; it is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Crisp and clean, with a particularly bold and strong black ink signature. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $940
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