Rare 1954 Willie Mays Signed Check

Sold For: $960

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1599

Item Year: 1954

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Bank check, dated December 6, 1954, signed by Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays. Willie Mays checks are scarce, but those dating from the 1950s are exceedingly rare. This is only the third example we have seen and the first we have ever offered. The check, drawn on the Manufacturers Trust Company of New York, is made out to “Leonard Mandell, D.D.S.” in the amount of $20.00. It has been signed “Willie Mays” in black fountain pen (grading “9”) along the base. Endorsed by Mandell on the reverse. Just ten days after writing this check, Mays would be named the National League Most Valuable Player. The check (8.5 x 3.25 inches) displays normal bank cancellation stamps and holes, a moderate diagonal crease, a few lesser creases, a few small edge tears (one of which affects the Mays signature), and a light stain in the lower left corner. In Very Good condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication.
Reserve $300 Estimate (open)

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