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Lot # 521 (of 1411)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Babe Ruth Signed Personal Check

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,220.00

Babe Ruth personal check, dated April 7, 1941, is made out to "B. J. O'Brien Sales Corporation" in the amount of $4.79, and signed "G. H. Ruth" in black fountain pen (grading "9/10"). The entire check, which is drawn on the Chemical Bank & Trust Company of New York, has been filled out entirely in Ruth's hand and bears his name printed along the left margin. 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 a choice example with the signature completely untouched by the normal bank cancellation marks and stamps. Checks have long been a favorite of autograph collectors due to their inherent authenticity and the fact that the signatures on checks are almost always very well executed. The check (8.25 x 3 inches) displays normal bank cancellation stamps and holes and is endorsed with an ink stamp by the recipient on the reverse. The check has a single very light vertical crease (virtually undetectable, mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy) and is otherwise in Near Mint condition. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $5,220.00

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