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Two Abner Doubleday Signed Bank Documents Including 1843 Check

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $4,060.00

Two exceptional bank documents signed by Abner Doubleday (1819-1893) from the Otsego County Bank. These are especially interesting signed Abner Doubleday items as Cooperstown, New York, is in Otsego County; thus these documents are actually from the home of the Hall of Fame and, according to folklore, the birthplace of baseball. The first document is a bank check, dated July 1, 1843, and drawn on the Otsego County Bank. The check is made out to "Clark & Newsmith" in the amount of $300 and has been signed "A. Doubleday" in black fountain pen. Doubleday's signature has been very boldly penned and grades "9/10." The check (6 x 2 inches) bears a red cancellation stamp on the front which does not affect the signature. The second item is a handwritten certificate of deposit (7.75 x 4 inches), issued by the Otsego County Bank, acknowledging a deposit made by Abner Doubleday on September 29, 1859. The document, filled out by a bank employee on an unlined sheet of blank paper, reads "Mr. A. D. Doubleday has deposited in this bank thirty five 12/100 Dollars to the credit of himself. Payable on the return of this certificate." Doubleday later turned this document over to a third party (endorsing it like a check), as noted by the handwritten instructions on the reverse that read "Pay or Order - Gildings & May." Doubleday has endorsed the document, "A. D. Doubleday," in black fountain pen ("9") directly below these notations. Doubleday is credited with firing the first shot at Fort Sumter during the Civil War, and also saw action in Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. In 1907 the Mills Commission named him the inventor of baseball. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the myth still persists to this day. While most scholars agree that Doubleday did not invent the game of baseball, his name is still very much a part of baseball lore, especially in its connection to the Hall of Fame. When Doubleday passed away in 1893, his obituary described him as a man "who did not care for outdoor sports." The check is in Excellent condition. The certificate of deposit has light fold lines, bank cancellation and ink stamps, and several staple holes from filing; it is very crisp and clean and in overall Very Good to Excellent condition. Total 2 signed documents. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $4,060.00


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