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1927 Joe McGinnity Signed (Endorsed) Check

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $19,975.00

Extremely rare signature example of legendary pitcher "Iron Man" Joe McGinnity that was penned just two years prior to his death. McGinnity's signature, which is boldly scripted "J. J. McGinnity" in black fountain pen, appears as an endorsement on the reverse of a bank check and grades a perfect "10." The check, made out to "Joseph J. McGinnity" in the amount of "$297.45," is dated August 31, 1927 and has been drawn on the Harriman National Bank of New York. It is signed on the front in blue ink by one Kevin Regan. Joe McGinnity's signature is among the rarest of all twentieth-century Hall of Fame players. Its scarcity is due in large part to the fact that McGinnity died in 1929 and wasn't elected to the Hall of Fame until 1946. The fact that McGinnity wasn't one of the earliest inductees to the Hall of Fame is extremely puzzling, given his impressive statistics. In just ten seasons (1899-1908) McGinnity managed to win 246 games against only 142 losses. That extraordinary won-loss record translates into a .634 winning percentage, which today places him in the top twenty-five all time (at the time of his retirement he was in the top ten). McGinnity led the National League in victories on five separate occasions and twice won over thirty games for the Giants. His durability on the mound was legendary and he earned his nickname by often pitching both games of doubleheaders (usually winning both as well). In 1903 he logged 434 innings with the Giants, which is a record for modern-day pitchers. Amazingly, after his retirement he continued to play and manage in the minor leagues, eventually winning another 171 games before officially retiring from baseball in 1925 at the age of fifty-four. The check (8.5 x 3.25 inches) bears normal bank cancellation stamps on the reverse and has a small cut bank document affixed to the front. The check has been laminated for protection and while it appears that it may be possible to remove if so desired, we cannot guarantee its safe removal. The check displays beautifully exactly as it is and is otherwise in Excellent condition. McGinnity is one of the rarest of all Hall of Famer signatures. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $19,975.00

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