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1959 Ty Cobb Signed Check - Later Signed by Pete Rose
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $822.50
Items signed by baseball’s top two hit kings, Pete Rose and Ty Cobb, are naturally rare, in part because these two legends are from entirely different eras. Offered here is an item signed by both that we have not previously seen: a Ty Cobb personal check. The check, dated January 21, 1959, and drawn on the First National Bank of Reno, Nevada, is made out to “Bill Heard” in the amount of $858.70 and is signed in his customary green ink (grading “10”) “Tyrus R. Cobb.” Cobb’s preprinted name appears along the left border. Years later the check was signed in blue ink (grading “10”) by Pete Rose directly to the left of Cobb’s signature. Rose broke Cobb’s hit record on September 11, 1985, and finished his career with 4,256 hits. Unfortunately, Rose’s plaque will never hang alongside Cobb’s in Cooperstown. On August 24, 1989, Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti placed Rose on baseball’s infamous “permanently ineligible” list for betting on baseball games. That action also removed his name from consideration for the Hall of Fame. In an interesting side note, the recipient of this check, Bill Heard, is most likely the founder of Bill Heard Chevrolet, the world’s largest Chevrolet dealership in the world. Heard opened his first dealership in 1919 in Cobb’s home state of Georgia. The check is endorsed by Heard on the reverse in blue ink. The check (8 x 3 inches) displays a single, light vertical fold as well as normal bank cancellation stamps and holes (touching upon the “T” in “Tyrus”). In Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $822.50
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