1922 Miller Huggins Endorsed New York Yankees Payroll Check - PSA/DNA MINT 9

Sold For: $3,900

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1266

Item Year: 1922

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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New York Yankees payroll check, dated July 15, 1922, and issued to manager Miller Huggins, endorsed by "Miller J. Huggins" in black fountain pen on the reverse. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, with the signature graded MINT 9. The check, which is drawn on the Yorkville Bank of New York, is made out in the amount of $1,591.92 and has been signed in black fountain pen (grading "10") by team owner Jacob Ruppert and countersigned in black fountain pen (grading "8") by secretary and treasurer Tillinghast Huston. While any Miller Huggins signature example is extremely desirable and valuable (he died in 1929 and is one of the rarest of all Yankee Hall of Famer signatures), an endorsement signature on a Yankees payroll check is considered the ideal for most autograph collectors. While we have seen a few other Huggins endorsed payroll checks over the years, this is a particularly early one, and we cannot recall having seen any others that date prior to 1922. The check (9 x 3.25 inches) displays normal bank cancelation stamps and holes (a few of which touch upon the signature), two vertical folds, and a few small ink smudges and light creases. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+.

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