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1937 Babe Ruth Twice-Signed Check
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,036
This particular Babe Ruth personal check is all the more desirable for the fact that Ruth has signed it TWICE: once on the front and again on the reverse as an endorsement. Of all the Ruth personal checks that exist, only a tiny percentage share this special distinction. (We have only ever offered two other examples previously.) The bank check, dated "Liverpool, N. S. Nov. 5 - 1937," and drawn on The Royal Bank of Canada, is made out to "Cash" and has been signed "G. H. Ruth" on the front in black fountain pen (grading "10"). Ruth has also endorsed the check "G. H. Ruth" on the reverse in black fountain pen ("10"). Interestingly, we know that Ruth was in Canada on a duck-hunting trip at the time of this check based upon information from another lot we sold in 2004 (http://www.robertedwardauctions.com/auction/2004/515.html). 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, let alone twice-signed examples. 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 offered check is no exception and represents an extraordinary Ruth signed piece. The check (8.25 x 3.5 inches) displays normal bank cancellation stamps and holes, two vertical folds (one of the stamps and one of the folds touches upon the Ruth signature on the front), and a staple hole in the upper left corner. In Very Good to Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $3,000+. SOLD FOR $5,036
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