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1952 Ty Cobb Signed Check - Gambling Related
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $940
Bank check, dated 8/12/52, signed by Hall of Fame outfielder Ty Cobb. The check, drawn on the First National Bank of Nevada, is made out to "Cash" in the amount of $6,000 and is signed "Tyrus R. Cobb" in black ink (grading "10"). Interestingly, the stamped endorsement on the reverse reads "Harolds Club." Harolds Club, located in Reno, was one of the first major casinos in Nevada and also one of the most popular. Cobb had a retirement home in Lake Tahoe and was probably a frequent visitor to the club. In terms of monetary value, this is the largest Cobb check we have ever seen, and perhaps indicates that Cobb didn't have much luck at the gaming tables on that day. Though Cobb is not widely associated with gambling, he was involved in a major gambling scandal, along with Tris Speaker, in 1926-1927 that for the most part was swept under the rug. This check may be evidence of Cobb's gambling in later years. In researching this check, we were certainly surprised to find that the recipient, "Harolds Club," was a casino. The check (8.25 x 3.25 inches) has normal bank cancellation stamps and perforations, as well as two small unobtrusive printed notations on the front. In Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $940
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