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1937 John Titus Signed Check (Player in the T206 set!)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $540
Check, dated March 25, 1937, endorsed by former Major League outfielder John Titus on the reverse. Titus, known during his playing days as "Silent John" because of his quiet demeanor, enjoyed a successful eleven-year Major League career (1903-1913) that was spent mostly with the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite batting over .300 on three separate occasions and finishing his career with a .282 average, Titus is best remembered by collectors today for his inclusion in the legendary 1909-1911 T206 tobacco-card set as the only player depicted with a mustache. The bank check, drawn on the Peoples Safe Deposit Bank of Saint Clair, Pennsylvania, is made out to "John Titus" in the amount of $10. It was issued to Titus by the "Odd Fellows Hall Association" and is signed by both the president and treasurer of that fraternal organization. Titus has boldly signed the check in black fountain pen (grading "10") on the reverse. Titus, who lived his entire life in St. Clair, Pennsylvania, died in 1943 at the age of sixty-six, and was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, also located in St. Clair. The check (8.25 x 3 inches) displays four vertical and two diagonal folds, as well as normal bank cancellation holes (none of which affect Titus' signature). In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $540
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