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    1931 Lewis "Hack" Wilson Signed Check. As the old joke goes, he was built like a beer keg and not entirely unfamiliar with its contents. With 190 pounds of muscle packed into his five foot six inch frame, Wilson briefly reigned as the National League's premier slugger, posting his greatest season in 1930 when he led all batters with fifty-six home runs and an astounding 191 runs batted in, a mark which stands to this day as the greatest tally ever posted. Presented is a very rare personal check from the following season, utilized as Wilson was beginning his slow alcoholic slide toward ineffectiveness and, ultimately, an early death at age forty-eight. This is just the second example we've ever handled from the elusive Hall of Famer, and the fourth to appear at major auction in the past dozen years. The check withdraws twenty-five dollars cash from Wilson's Chicago bank account, and is filled out entirely in his hand and signed "L.R. Wilson" at lower right. The check is not endorsed on verso. A single vertical fold left of center is well clear of the autograph and not particularly distracting anyhow. Bank punch coding likewise stays clear of Wilson's signature. A fine example of a true hobby rarity. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.

    Guide Value or Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2010
    4th-5th Thursday-Friday
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