Lot # 2213: 1917-1920 Fred Merkle Chicago Cubs Payroll Check Collection (16)

Starting Bid: $300.00

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2021",
which ran from 4/2/2021 12:00 PM to
4/18/2021 9:00 PM



Collection of sixteen Chicago Cubs payroll checks issued first baseman Fred Merkle between the years 1917 and 1920. A fine first baseman for sixteen seasons, Merkle, of course, will forever be remembered for his base-running mistake, known today as "Merkle's Boner," in a 1908 game against the Chicago Cubs that eventually cost the Giants the pennant. Merkle later played with the Cubs from 1917 to 1920, before finishing his career in 1926 with he New York Yankees. Each check in the collection is an official Chicago Cubs team check and has been endorsed on the reverse by Merkle (five are signed "F. Merkle," ten are signed "Fred Merkle," and one is signed "Fred C. Merkle"). The signatures of four different Cubs front-office executives appear, respectively, on the front of the checks: Charles Weeghman (4, all from 1917), Walter Craighead (2, both from 1918), John O Seys (2, one from 1919 and one from 1920), and William Veeck (8, one from 1919 and seven from 1920). The signatures, scripted in either blue or black fountain, average "8." The check dates are as follows: 1917 (4): May 1, May 31, July 1, and October 1; 1918 (2): April 30 and May 15; 1919 (2): April 10 and May 31; and 1920 (8): February 28, April 30, May 15, May 31, June 15, August 31, September 11, and September 30. The checks (8.25 x 3.75 inches) all display normal bank cancellation stamps and holes. Flaws included, but are not limited to, edge tears, folds, and crease. In Good to Very Good condition overall. This lot originates from the extraordinary collection of a longtime Chicago Cubs executive, Eldred "Salty" Saltwell, which is consigned to this auction by his family. The collection, which includes a remarkable array of contracts, checks, and other related documents and mementos, will be presented over a series of auctions and will offer publicly for the first time many significant items spanning decades of Chicago baseball. Total: 16 checks. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA.  Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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