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1940 Walter Johnson Signed Check
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,998
Bank check, dated June 4, 1940, signed by the legendary “Big Train,” Walter Johnson. The check, drawn on The Germantown Bank of Germantown, Maryland, is made out to “L. E. Johnson” in the amount of $26.60 and is signed “Walter Johnson” in black fountain pen (grading “10”). It wasn’t until the past ten years that the Johnson family finally released Walter Johnson checks. Prior to that, Walter Johnson checks were virtually nonexistent in the collecting world. In total, approximately 300 checks survived and have been sold by the Johnson family. While that number may sound like a lot, it is actually a very modest number compared with the quantities of Ruth and Cobb checks that have been absorbed by the collecting world. The offered check (8.25 x 3 inches) is an exceedingly rare example in that it is one of only approximately fifteen large-format Walter Johnson checks known. The check displays four light vertical folds (typical for checks), a paper clip impression, a normal bank cancellation stamp (touching upon a portion of the signature), and a small bank spindle hole in the center (which is a very common characteristic of a canceled bank check). The spindle hole is barely noticeable, even under close examination, and the check is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Framed together with a recent print of Johnson to total dimensions of 12.75 x 19.5 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500+. SOLD FOR $1,998
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