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Lot # 760 (of 1137)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1940 Walter Johnson Signed Personal Check

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,304

Bank check, dated December 13, 1940, signed by the legendary “Big Train,” Walter Johnson. The check, drawn on The Germantown Bank of Germantown, Maryland, is made out to “Carolyn Johnson” in the amount of $15.00 and is signed “Walter Johnson” in blue fountain pen (grading “8”). This check has been consigned directly by a Johnson family member! Actually, it wasn’t until the past ten years that the Johnson family finally released Walter Johnson checks. Prior to that, Walter Johnson checks were virtually nonexistent in the collecting world. In total, approximately 300 checks survived and have been sold by the Johnson family. While that number may sound like a lot, it is actually a very modest number compared with the quantities of Ruth and Cobb checks that have been absorbed by the collecting world. The offered check (6.25 x 2.75 inches) displays three moderate vertical folds (typical for checks), a normal bank cancellation stamp (not touching upon the signature), and a small bank spindle hole in the center (which is a very common characteristic of a canceled bank check). The spindle hole is barely noticeable, even under close examination, and the check is in Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,304

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