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Willie Mays Memorabilia2 of 6My one of A kind 1994 Willie Mays Cooperstown  Collection 5 card set with a Unreversable error on Card #31959 all-star #563 autographed Willie Mays baseball card
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Posted 6 years ago

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Willie May's personal check to Exterminator, written in 1961. Returned by bank NSF.
Note the Return Address, Willie Mays , San Francisco CA
I purchased this from a friend in New York whose father was a laywer, working for a collection firm in the 60s. When this check came through his agency, the lawyer paid the amt himself to clear the debt, and kept the check, so as not to embarrass Willie Mays. The laywer gave the check to his son, who didn't care much about baseball. He knew I was a huge baseball fan, so he gave it to me. I loved that it was a non-sports item, and was a personal item, something that makes Willie human. I couldn't believe it - the great Willie Mays, already so famous that no address was required, had the normal problems we all have...balancing a checking account, bugs in the house ...


  1. aycockonxion aycockonxion, 6 years ago
    If I were you, I'd get the signature authenticated by GAI, and then put it in a real nice frame. The check doesn't appear to be in that great of condition, but it is still a unique, interesting item!
  2. mark mark, 6 years ago
    Check the net for his signature, and you will see a great difference.
  3. stepback_antiques stepback_antiques, 6 years ago
    The signature is good. It is a great example of an early Willie Mays autograph. His signature is different now compared to 15 years ago, this being due to his age.
  4. musikchoo musikchoo, 6 years ago
    It occurs to me that there are none out there after the start of his superstardom !! (:-)

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