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1942 Walter Johnson Signed Check
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,350.00
Rare large-format bank check, dated April 28, 1942, signed by the legendary “Big Train,” Walter Johnson. The check, drawn on The Germantown Bank, is made out to “I. Myers” in the amount of $7.25 and is signed “Walter Johnson” in black fountain pen (grading “9/10”). Stamped “For Deposit Only” by the payee on the reverse. It was not until the past ten years that Walter Johnson checks were finally released by the Johnson family. Prior to this, Walter Johnson checks were virtually nonexistent in the collecting world. In total, approximately 300 checks survived and have been sold by the Johnson family. While that number may sound like a lot, it is actually a very modest number compared with the quantities of Ruth and Cobb checks that have been absorbed by the collecting world. The offered check (8.25 x 3 inches) is an exceedingly rare example in that it is one of only approximately fifteen large-format Walter Johnson checks known. In addition to normal bank cancellation stamps (one of which touches upon the “W” in “Walter”), the check displays a small bank spindle hole in the center (which is a very common characteristic of a canceled bank check) and two corner creases. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,350.00
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