1942 Babe Ruth Double-Signed Check - Made Out to Claire Ruth and Endorsed by Both! - PSA/DNA GEM MINT 10

Sold For: $9,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1554

Item Year: 1942

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Offered here is one of the most unique and desirable Babe Ruth signed checks we have ever seen: a check entirely made out in Ruth's hand to his wife, Claire Ruth, and endorsed by both on the reverse. As such, it features two full Babe Ruth signatures, as well as an additional "Ruth" signature as part of Claire's name. Ideally, the check has been encapsulated by PSA/DNA, with both of the full Babe Ruth signatures graded GEM MINT 10. The check, dated September 15, 1942, is drawn on the Chemical Bank & Trust Company of New York and features Ruth's preprinted name along the left border. It is made out in the amount of $50. Ruth has signed the check on the front and endorsed it on the reverse in black fountain pen, with both signatures reading "GH Ruth." Also endorsed on the reverse in black fountain pen (grading "10") by Claire Ruth. Babe Ruth personal checks have long been a favorite of autograph collectors due to their inherent authenticity and the fact that Ruth’s signature is always well executed. The offered example is particularly exceptional because of the multiple Ruth signatures. The check (8.25 x 3 inches) displays normal bank cancellation stamps and holes, as well as a light vertical fold (none of which affect either of Ruth’s full signatures). In Excellent condition overall. Full LOA from Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication and auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open).

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