Bank a fantastic piece of sports history, with this 1927 New York Yankees check. Dual-signed by the Yankees brain trust of owner Jacob Ruppert (d.1939) and general manager Ed Barrow (d.1953), this check is made to Vic Harris (d.1982) who had just graduated from Syracuse University, where he served as captain of the baseball, basketball and football teams. Great historic import surrounds these three illustrious subjects. Ruppert was a U.S. Congressman from New York before getting into baseball, and both he and Barrow are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Three-sport star Hanson is enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame, the only player ever to hold this dual distinction.
Headed as "The American League Base Ball Club of New York", this antique check "No. 10381" is drawn on the "Manufacturer's Trust Company Yorkville Bank Office" in the amount of "$1,000.00". It is dated "7/16/27" and made payable to "V.A. Hanson". A very interesting and significant detail is typed on the reverse, which reads "In full payment of bonus for signing with the New York Club for 1928". While the check is adhered at several small points to a section of a black album page, this indication of Hanson's signing bonus with the Yankees is viewable by lifting the left edge of the check. Lifting the right edge of the check reveals most of Hanson's ("7-8") strength endorsement signature on the back, though a small bit at center is not visible due to being adhered to the black page. Also noted on the back is a bank stamp dated "7/21/27".
Both Ruppert's and Barrow's stately signatures are located on the front of the check and their big, bold quality has scored a strength grade of ("9") for both, as noted on the accompanying full photo LOA from JSA, which does not mention Hanson's signature. Displaying moderate signs of age-appropriate wear, the check is mounted on an 8x10 sheet of red paper, along with a Perez-Steele postcard of Barrow.