1931 Hack Wilson Twice-Signed Check - PSA/DNA EX-MT 6

Sold For: $2,400

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1504

Item Year: 1931

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Exceedingly rare bank check signed twice by Hall of Fame outfielder Hack Wilson. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA with the signatures graded EX-MT 6 (the assigned grade of EX-MT 6 almost certainly reflects the fact that each signature is partially affected by bank stamps; otherwise both signatures grade "8/9" in our estimation). The check, drawn on the Hamilton State Bank, is dated July 1, 1931, and made out to "cash" in the amount of $200.00. Wilson has signed the check "L. R. Wilson" in black fountain pen along the base, and again, as an endorsement, on the reverse. A deposit stamp from the Benjamin Franklin Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, appears on the reverse. Wilson and the Cubs were in Philadelphia on July 1, 1931, for the third game in a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Baker Bowl. Wilson went 3-5 with a home run and three RBI in the Cubs' 11-6 loss that day. Lewis Robert Wilson, nicknamed "Hack," was one of the top hitters of his era. While many of the top slugging records have been shattered in recent years, Wilson's incredible accomplishment of 190 RBI in 1930 continues to stand the test of time. Hall of Famer signed checks have long been a favorite among collectors due to their inherent authenticity. This example is especially desirable because it dates from his playing career. Among Hall of Famer checks, Hack Wilson checks are particularly rare. This is only the third example that we can recall ever offering and the fact that it has been signed twice by Wilson makes it especially desirable. The check (6.25 x 2.75 inches) bears two moderate vertical folds, as well as normal bank cancellation stamps and holes. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000++.


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