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    1922 Joe Kelley Signed New York Yankees Payroll Check. You can blame his intense rarity on the 104 years since his last at-bat, the sixty-nine years since his passing and his long-overdue 1971 Hall of Fame induction coming decades after his death. Today Kelley provides one of the widest chasms between supply and demand, as every Cooperstown collector wants him but almost nobody has him. This lot will not only serve to fill one of those empty spaces in one advanced collector's trophy room, but to do so with eye-popping style. This terror of the nineteenth century base paths was in the employ of the New York Yankees as a scout when this check was issue, and is signed by Hall of Fame team owner Jacob Ruppert and his treasurer T.L. Huston on the front, and endorsed by the early legend in rare "Joseph J. Kelley" on reverse. As rare as Kelley is in any autograph format, the signed check is far rarer still. We are aware of just two Kelley representations in that collecting subgenre, and his autograph projects here with impressive 8/10 boldness. Check exhibits minor handling wear and a paper clip impression at upper edge but no distractions of note. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2013
    7th-9th Thursday-Saturday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 10
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