Counter check, dated March 13, 1940, and drawn on the Chemical Bank & Trust Company of New York, made out to "St. Albans Golf Club" in the amount of $20.92. Signed "G. H. Ruth" in black fountain pen along the base. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, with the Ruth signature graded NM-MT 8. A St. Albans Golf Club stamped endorsement appears on the reverse. This is a counter check, as opposed to a personal check bearing Ruth's preprinted name and bank information on it. Counter checks are essentially blank checks that were provided by merchants to facilitate payment if a customer was short of cash. As such, all of the information on the front of the offered check is handwritten (not in Ruth's hand), including the name of the bank on which it was to be drawn. Counter checks were common until the 1940s, when bank processing methods changed. This is the first example we have ever seen signed by Ruth, making it both a rare and unusual Ruth-signed check. The check (8.25 x 3.25 inches) displays normal bank cancelation stamps and holes (not affecting the Ruth signature), a slight vertical fold, a few tiny edge tears, and a few staple holes near the center, none of which detract from its overall Excellent appearance. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $3,000++.
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