Thank you for visiting our past auction result archives. If you have an item identical (or similar) to this auction lot, please call, write or contact us to discuss. We will be able to help you.

Lot # 984 (of 1560)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Outstanding 1940 Babe Ruth Signed Check (to Claire Ruth)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,231

Babe Ruth personal checks have long been a favorite of autograph collectors due to their inherent authenticity and the fact that Ruth’s signature is always well executed. The offered example is an ideal Ruth check. This is a particularly exceptional example among Ruth checks, both in terms of condition and due to the fact that this check is made out in Ruth’s hand payable to his wife, Claire Ruth. Thus, the check features two “Ruth” signatures. The check, dated September 11, 1940, is made out to “Claire Ruth” in the amount of $1,000 and boldly signed “G. H. Ruth” in black fountain pen (grading "9" due to some very light brushing of the ink). The check, which is drawn on the Chemical Bank & Trust Company of New York, has been filled out entirely in Ruth’s hand, with the other “Ruth” signature (as part of "Claire Ruth") grading "10.” Ruth’s preprinted name appears along the left margin. Claire has not endorsed the check, but the bank stamp on the reverse reads in part, "Pay to the order of any bank, banker or trust Co. or through the New York Clearing House.” Many years ago several hundred Ruth checks originating from the family appeared on the market all at once. These have long since been absorbed and now Ruth checks are increasingly difficult to find. This is an outstanding Ruth check in all respects, and all the more desirable for the fact that it is made out to his wife. The check (8.25 x 3 inches) displays normal bank cancellation stamps and holes, none of which affect Ruth’s main signature, and is in Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $3,231

(Click the smaller thumbnails to the left and right (if any) to cycle through each photo in the gallery of images for this lot.)