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1920 Honus Wagner Signed Check

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,067

Personal check, dated June 9, 1920, signed by Hall of Fame shortstop Honus Wagner. The check, drawn on the First National Bank of Carnegie, Pennsylvania, is made out to "J. P. Scott" in the amount of $5.64 and is signed in black fountain pen by "John H. Wagner" (grading "9," with the slightest hint of brushing). The name "John H. Wagner" is printed along the left border. Endorsed by Scott on the reverse. Autograph collectors have always placed a special premium on checks due to their inherent authenticity. The offered Wagner check (one of a modest "hoard" of five purchased a decade ago by our consignor, all of which are presented in this auction) is an extremely early example and dates just three years after his retirement from baseball. Wagner checks are far rarer than Cobb or even Ruth checks, with just a small number discovered and released by the family in relatively recent years. Decades ago, Cobb and Ruth checks were available in far greater quantities, literally by the hundreds, and they have been easily absorbed by the marketplace, suggesting a very bright future in the years to come for the few Wagner checks circulating. The check (8.25 x 3 inches) displays a vertical fold, normal bank cancellation stamps and perforations (which touch upon Wagner's signature), and a number of light creases along the left side. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000.
SOLD FOR $1,067

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