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Lot # 997 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1940 Babe Ruth Signed Personal Check Payable to A. G. Spalding & Bros.

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,925.00

Babe Ruth personal check, dated August 3, 1940, made out to "A. G. Spalding Bros." in the amount of $8.57. Signed "G. H. Ruth" in black fountain pen (grading "10") along the base. The entire check, which is drawn on the Chemical Bank & Trust Company of New York, has been filled out entirely in Ruth's hand and bears his name printed along the left margin. Many years ago several hundred Ruth checks originating from the family appeared on the market all at once. These have long since been absorbed and now Ruth checks are increasingly difficult to find. This is a choice example with the signature completely untouched by the normal bank cancellation marks and stamps. Checks have long been a favorite of autograph collectors due to their inherent authenticity and the fact that the signatures are almost always very well executed. The check (8.25 x 3 inches) displays normal bank cancellation stamps and holes and is endorsed with an ink stamp by the recipient on the reverse. In Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $5,925.00


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