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Carl Mays Signed (Endorsed) 1928 Cincinnati Reds Payroll Check - PSA/DNA

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $360

Cincinnati Reds payroll check, dated May 15, 1928, endorsed on the reverse in black fountain pen by "Carl W. Mays" (there is a tiny ink smudge on the "r" in "Carl" and a staple hole touches upon the "M" in "Mays"; otherwise the signature grades "9"). Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, with the signature certified as "Authentic." The check, drawn on the Fifth-Third National Bank of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been made out to “Carl W. Mays" in the amount of $1,060. It is signed in black fountain pen by team president C. J. McDiarmid (grading "10") and the club treasurer. Despite winning twenty or more games five times, Carl Mays will always be remembered for his fateful beanball in 1920 that resulted in the death of Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman. To this date, it remains the only on-field fatality in major league baseball history. 1928 marked Chapman's penultimate season in the major leagues. He retired in 1929 with 207 wins and a lifetime .622 winning percentage. This is the first Carl Mays check we have ever offered, endorsed or otherwise, and we can only recall having seen one other (1922 endorsed Yankees payroll check). The check (8.25 x 3.25 inches) displays four vertical folds and three staple holes, as well as normal bank cancellation stamps and holes. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $360

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