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1939 Walter Johnson Signed Check
Starting Bid - $400.00 , Sold For - $2,937.50
Bank check, dated December 1, 1939, signed by the legendary “Big Train,” Walter Johnson. This is an outstanding Walter Johnson check example with a flawless signature. The check, drawn on The Germantown Bank, is made out to “Clifford Frazier” in the amount of $5.00 and is signed “Walter Johnson” in black fountain pen (grading “10”). Endorsed by Frazier on the reverse. It wasn’t until the past ten years that the Johnson family finally released Walter Johnson checks. 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 (6.25 x 2.75 inches) displays three very light vertical folds (typical for checks), normal bank cancellation stamps (none of which affect the signature), and a small bank spindle hole in the center (which is a very common characteristic of a canceled bank check). The spindle hole is barely noticeable, even under close examination, and the check is in Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $2,937.50
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