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Reggie Jackson Signed Check Collection (100)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,963

This enormous collection of 100 signed Reggie Jackson personal checks originates directly from Reggie Jackson and is comprised of checks spanning the years 1998 through 2001. Collectors might remember that a similar grouping of 100 Reggie Jackson signed checks (the only other similar group to ever be offered) appeared as Lot 1156 in Robert Edward Auctions' May 2011 auction, where it realized a final sales price of $3,819. Both the offered collection of checks and the previously sold lot of 100 represent the two largest offerings of Reggie Jackson signed checks to ever be offered at public auction. All of the checks are drawn on the Union Bank of California, with ninety of the checks bearing Jackson's printed name and address (Newport Beach, CA), along with an illustration of a car, in the upper left corner. Of those ninety checks, forty-four date from 1998, forty-five from 1999, and one from 2000. The remaining ten checks simply bear Jackson's name and address (Carmel, CA) in the upper left, but are drawn on the same account as the others. One of those checks dates from 2000 and the other nine date from 2001. Each check is flawlessly signed, in a variety of inks, "Reggie M. Jackson," with all of the signatures grading "10." None of the checks are baseball related. Instead, most relate to his car-collecting hobby, as there are numerous checks made out for auto supplies, parts, and auto repairs. Forty-nine of the checks display a single vertical fold and all display endorsements plus normal bank cancellation stamps on the front and/or back with the exception of one (marked "VOID" in red over Jackson's signature). Without regard to the folds, the group grades Nr-Mt overall, with just a small number grading slightly lesser. It should be noted that the "book" value of this lot, according to current SMR values, is $60,000. (Note: the $600 SMR list price per check is no doubt related to the almost total lack of Reggie Jackson checks on the market, and the increased supply represented by this group alone could impact the list price in the future. Many years ago much greater quantities of Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth checks, sold directly by their families, temporarily affected check prices for those legends. This is the nature of checks.) This is a remarkable offering of Reggie Jackson checks and one that potentially offers outstanding "break" value down the line. In addition to being a legendary Hall of Famer, a member of the "500 Home Run Club" and one of the most respected all-time greats of the game, Reggie Jackson is also a collector himself and a longtime supporter of the hobby. This substantial lot was personally provided by Reggie Jackson as a courtesy per our request via his agent. Total: 100 checks. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,963

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