You are looking at a personal check, dated January 5, 1889, made out to, and endorsed by, legendary Heavyweight Boxing Champion John L. I have never seen or heard of a check issued and signed by Sullivan on the market. This endorsed check represents a rare, and most likely unique, example bearing the signature of the 19th century's greatest pugilist. The check, drawn on the Chemical National Bank of New York, is made out to John L. It has been signed on the front by the issuer, "Fredrick Willets, " whose name is also printed along the left border and endorsed by John L.
Sullivan in black fountain pen on the reverse. A large bank cancellation punch touches upon a portion of the signature, the "J" in "John, " where a small area of paper loss has occurred. Just eight months after endorsing this check, Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain for the World Heavyweight Title in what would be the last bare-knuckle heavyweight championship fight governed under the London Prize Ring Rules.
In 1892 Sullivan suffered the only loss of his storied career when he was defeated by James J. Corbett in a bout governed by the newly adopted Marquess of Queensbury Rules, which mandated that gloves be worn. The check itself measures 7" x 2.5"... Or 9-1/2" x 4-1/2" encapsulated.Sullivan 1889 Authentic Signed Autographed Check PSA/DNA #84124065" is in sale since Friday, December 7, 2018. This item is in the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Fan Apparel & Souvenirs\Boxing".
The seller is "bachonski123" and is located in Plano, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States.