Collectors of historic checks and autographs of famous people can
combine their love of both collecting fields with a single collectible.
RR Auction is
offering in its 905-lot online auction closing Aug. 9, multiple lots
of checks signed by famous individuals from a wide range of
disciplines, including sports, music, military, authors, entertainment
Among the lots offered are a check signed by Dallas businessman Jack
Ruby, who mortally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald two days after Oswald is
alleged to have assassinated President John F. Kennedy; checks signed
by three of the four members of The Beatles; checks from professional
baseball greats Ty Cobb and Roberto Clemente; and checks from authors
James Fenimore Cooper, Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson and J.D. Salinger.
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Checks are collected for many reasons. Some are collected for their
ornate designs, the banks that issued them, and for the autographs of
famous people from all walks of life they bear.
Dallas businessman Jack Ruby, owner of the Vegas Club, signed a $30
check on Sept. 7, 1960. On Nov. 24, 1963, Ruby was arrested after he
fatally shot Lee Harvey Oswald, who two days earlier had been arrested
for the assassination of President Kennedy.
Oswald was shot while in police custody as he was being escorted
from the basement of the Dallas police station for a court appearance.
Drawn on the Merchants State Bank, the Ruby-signed check carries an
estimate of $300+.
Three individual lots offer single checks signed by Beatles members
John Lennon, Ringo Starr (signed as R. Starkey revealing his given
name, Richard Starkey) and George Harrison. All of the checks are
drawn on the National Westminster Bank Limited in London.
Connecting coins, the arts, and American
Another column in the August 7 monthly issue of Coin World
continues with the art theme, as the artists who’ve designed our
most gorgeous pieces of paper currency are profiled.
Signed April 23, 1970, Harrison’s check is drawn on the Apple
Records Inc. business account. The signed check is estimated at $1,000+.
Signed Oct. 14, 1970, Lennon’s check is a Maclen (Music) Ltd.
business check. The estimate is $4,000+.
The check signed by Ringo Starr on July 26, 1971, is an Apple
Publishing Ltd. business check. Its estimate is $400+.
Two of professional baseball’s greatest players are represented in
Tyrus R. “Ty” Cobb and Roberto Clemente. The Cobb check, signed Feb.
24, 1951, is drawn on the First National Bank of Nevada. The estimate
The Clemente check carries an estimate of $2,000+. The check is
dated Aug. 17, 1972, four months before Clemente was killed in a plane
crash en route to delivering humanitarian aid in Nicaragua.
Estimated at $1,000+, a check bearing the signature of author
Charles Dickens payable to Higham Church for £5, was signed April 3, 1866.
The check signed by Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger
is dated Oct. 23, 1992, and estimated at $1,000+.
One lot offers single checks signed by Emerson and Cooper, with a
combined estimate of $400+. Emerson’s check, signed “R. W. Emerson,”
is dated Sept. 23, 1874, and drawn on Atlantic National Bank in
Boston. The Cooper check, signed “J. Fenimore Cooper,” is drawn on the
Otsego County Bank in Cooperstown, New York, and dated April 24, 1869.