Hall of Fame Signed Check Collection (14)

Sold For: $1,763

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 998

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Collection of nine checks, each signed by a different Hall of Fame player, plus a bank promissory note signed by Harry Heilmann, a check signed by legendary announcer Harry Caray, and three checks endorsed by Hall of Fame players on the reverse. Among the highlights are a Herb Pennock check, a Branch Rickey check, and an Ed Barrow check dating from 1927. All of the signatures, penned in a variety of inks, grade "9" or "10" and each of the checks displays normal bank cancellation stamps and/or perforations. Checks : 1) Herb Pennock. Bank check, dated 6/16/43. 6.25 x 2.75 inches. Couple vertical folds and small area of surface paper loss in center on the reverse (probably from long ago being mounted for display with tape and removed). Vg-Ex. 2) Branch Rickey. Personal check, dated 3/9/65. 8 x 3.75 inches. The check, in addition to a single vertical fold, is split in half vertically and has been mended together by means of clear tape on the reverse. Gd. 3) Ed Barrow. Bank check, dated 6/1/27. 7.75 x 2.75 inches. Single vertical fold. Ex. 4) Al Simmons. Bank check, dated 12/4/51. 6.25 x 2.75 inches. Three vertical folds. Vg-Ex. 5) Mickey Cochrane. Bank check, dated 5/22/61. 6.25 x 2.75 inches. Single vertical fold. Ex. 6) Eppa Rixey. Bank check, dated 11/28/55. 8.25 x 3 inches. Single vertical fold. Ex. 7) Frankie Frisch. Personal check, dated 3/31/72. 6 x 2.75 inches. Nr-Mt. 8) Jesse Haines. Personal check, dated 7/20/71. 6 x 2.75 inches. Nr-Mt. 9) Rick Ferrell. Personal check, dated 4/14/92. 6 x 2.75 inches. Nr-Mt. 10) Harry Caray. Personal check, dated 5/1/67. 8.25 x 3 inches. Single vertical fold. Ex. Promissory Note : 1) Harry Heilmann. Promissory note, dated 7/1/26, to the order of the Griswold National Bank of Detroit in the amount of $1,500.00, payable in ninety days. This note dates to Heilmann's playing career and is a particularly impressive looking. 8.25 x 3.5 inches. Single vertical fold. Ex. Endorsed Checks : Each of the checks is made out to the respective player and endorsed on the reverse. 1) Leon Day. Dated 3/18/91. 6 x 2.75 inches. Nr-Mt. 2) Rick Ferrell. Dated 5/19/95. 6 x 2.75 inches. Nr-Mt. 3) Monte Irvin. Dated 1/17/95. 6 x 2.75 inches. Single vertical fold. Ex. Total: 14 items (10 signed checks, 3 endorsed checks, and a promissory note). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,763

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