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Lot # 851 (of 1336)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1941 Walter Johnson Signed Check

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,440

Bank check, dated November 12, 1941, signed by the legendary “Big Train,” Walter Johnson. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, with the signature certified as "Authentic." The check, drawn on the Germantown Bank of Germantown, Maryland, is made out to “Carlin Supply Company” in the amount of $59.23 and is signed “Walter Johnson” in black fountain pen (grading “9”). 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 normal bank cancellation stamps and a small bank spindle hole in the center (which is a very common characteristic of a canceled bank check). The spindle hole is very unobtrusive and the check is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA.
  Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,440

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