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Non-Hall of Fame Baseball Player Signed Check Collection (84)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,624.00
Collection of eighty-four checks signed, respectively, by eighty-three different non-Hall of Fame baseball Major League players, former Negro League players, and announcers/front office personnel (including Mel Allen, Charles Finley, Marvin Miller, and Bud Selig). The one duplicate is Lefty O'Doul (who is represented by one personal check and one business check). Though the players included are not Hall of Famers, this collection is comprised exclusively of checks of players and baseball-related figures of significant prominence and special interest. Unless otherwise noted, all of the checks are personal checks (some include the preprinted name of a spouse as well) and have been signed in either blue or black ink (with signatures all grading "9" to "10"). The players represented here, along with the date for each check, are as follows: Cal Abrams (6/30/86), Mel Allen (10/30/58, announcer), Joe Astroth (9/5/69), Wally Backman (9/21/90), Eugene Baker (9/2/91, Negro League player), Juan Berenguer (4/13/99), Moe Berg (3/20/53, bank check), Frank Bolling (5/12/83), Lyman Bostock (12/5/99, Negro League player), Bobby Bragan (12/23/87), Rube Bressler (5/30/56, bank check), Dolph Camilli (11/15/92), Harry Caray (6/6/96, announcer), Rocky Colavito (11/18/85), Al Dark (12/4/97), Andre Dawson (1/17/94), Paul "Daffy" Dean (9/18/66), Dom DiMaggio (12/24/87), Woody English (3/23/58), Carl Erskine (2/26/90), Elroy Face (10/2/02), Charles Finley (12/31/80, A's owner), Johnny Frederick (9/25/59), Linus Frey (12/28/96), Oscar Gamble (6/23/90), Ned Garver (6/18/52, bank check), Carden Gillenwater (3/13/98), Gionfriddo (11/24/87), Mel Harder (8/11/88), Buddy Hassett (8/26/91), Joe Hauser (7/11/87), Don Heffner (2/4/52, bank check), Tommy Henrich (11/15/88), Babe Herman (8/11/44, bank check), Ralph Houk (11/16/87), Roy Huston (9/8/54, bank check), Ranson Jackson (2/24/97), Jackie Jensen (6/9/70), Henry Johnson (3/11/80), La Rue Kirby (12/31/60, Federal League player), Ted Kluszewski (1/2/83), Elmer Knox (4/30/81, Negro League player), Clem Labine (5/10/95), Bill Madlock (3/29/91), Sal Maglie (11/9/84), Billy Martin (6/30/86, bank check), Eddie Miksis (2/19/96), Marvin Miller (3/1/76, Major League Player's Association check), Stu Miller (6/14/90), Monroe Mitchell (7/31/69), Wilcy Moore (4/3/62, bank check), Bobby Morgan (6/19/89), Spud Murray (3/16/95), Walter Nagle (2/4/63), Lefty O'Doul (6/1/68), Lefty O'Doul (1/11/69, business check from "Lefty O'Doul's" restaurant), Buck O'Neill (9/16/01), Joe Ostrowski (8/18/69), Milt Pappas (5/12/98), Joe Pignatano (7/18/82), Johnny Podres (5/18/95), Pedro Ramos (1/25/78), Allie Reynolds (10/10/91), Stephen Ridzik (5/27/93), Preacher Roe (1/7/80), Red Rolfe (7/21/39, bank check made out to "cash," endorsed twice on the back by Rolfe), Charlie Root (12/25/35, bank check), Pete Runnels (8/16/79), Vin Scully (6/5/87, announcer), Bud Selig (6/20/73, Milwaukee Brewers team check, signed as team owner), Andy Seminick (11/3/01), Eddie Stanky (12/3/87, bank check), Bobby Thomson (5/26/93, made out to "cash," endorsed by Thomson on the reverse), Don Thompson (12/27/82), Virgil Trucks (12/22/98), Elmer Valo (1/7/72), Johnny Vander Meer (4/16/82), William L. Veeck (6/20/23, Chicago National League Ball Club check, signed by Veeck as owner of the club), Ben Wade (10/21/99), Harry Walker (4/11/88), Dick Williams (11/15/97), Fred "Cy" Williams (9/15/72), Maury Wills (4/23/85), and Joe Wood (4/30/71). The vast majority of checks measure approximately 6 x 2.75 inches, with a few slightly larger. All display normal bank cancellation stamps and/or holes. Approximately 20% of the checks have either one or two light vertical folds, as is often the case with checks, and four checks (Berenguer, DiMaggio, Face and Veeck checks) exhibit either small tears or slight trimming. Otherwise, the collection ranges in grade from Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt condition. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Total: 84 checks. Reserve $500. Estimate $ 1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,624.00
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