Make an Offer Today and Get a Quick Response! Take a Look at This Week's Specials! MINNESOTA (RUDOLF WANDERONE) FATS - CHECK SIGNED 01/27/1986 - HFSID 275159. MINNESOTA FATS The pool shark hires a lawyer.
Check signed: "Minnesota Fats" , 6x2¾. Nashville, Tennessee, 1986 January 27. Filled out in an unknown hand. Enclosed in 9½x4½ plastic display case with PSA/DNA authentication label.
After the 1959 novel by Walter Tevis and 1961 movie The Hustler introduced a character known as Minnesota Fats (portrayed by Jackie Gleason) who was strikingly similar to Wanderone, he then called himself "Minnesota Fats". Wanderone and Tevis threatened lawsuits against each other, Wanderone claiming that The Hustler was modeled on him, Tevis denying it. Was Minnesota Fats consulting an attorney on this very dispute?The question merits further research. Minnesota Fats may not have been the greatest pool player alive. Willie Mosconi could usually beat him. But Fats was a charismatic spokesman and marketer who did much for the sport's popularity , and earned a deserved spot in the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame.
Among his other colorful nicknames were "the sultan of stroke" and the bank shot bandit. Bank stamps on verso show through faintly. See more material from these signers. See more listings in our SPORTS (1,124).
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