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Three 1942 Herb Pennock Signed Checks (3)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,410

Collection of three bank checks, each signed by Herb Pennock, “The Knight of Kennett’s Square." All three checks date from 1942 and are drawn on the National Bank and Trust Company of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, which was Pennock’s hometown. Two are made out to "Cash," while the third is made out to the Myles Standish Hotel, which was located in Boston (in 1949 it was purchased by Boston University and is now a dormitory). All are endorsed on the reverse by stamp, with two having been deposited by the Boston Red Sox (one has also been endorsed by hand, but the signature is illegible). Two of the checks have been signed by Pennock in black fountain pen, with each signature grading "9." The other has been signed in blue fountain pen, with the signature affected by both smudging and brushing (grading "5"). Pennock was supervisor of the Boston Red Sox farm system at the time these checks were written. Miller Huggins once called Pennock the greatest left-hander in history and if his World Series record is any indication, Huggins may have been correct. Pennock seemed to be at his best during the postseason, as evidenced by his unblemished record of 5-0 with a 1.95 ERA in World Series games. He finished his career with 241 wins and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1948, the year of his death. Each check (6.125 x 2.75 inches) has been slightly trimmed along the left border and one displays a complete vertical tear near the right border that has been repaired on the reverse with vintage clear tape that has browned with age. All display normal bank cancellation stamps and perforations. Aside from the aforementioned flaws, the checks are in Excellent condition overall. Total: 3 checks. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500+. SOLD FOR $1,410

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