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southpaw6267
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posted 01-26-2008 09:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for southpaw6267   Click Here to Email southpaw6267     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am really trying to finish my Mercury 7 Display and this would be the final piece to the puzzle. Anyone have any thoughts about it or it's price.

Thanks all, I read this site all the time I just wish I was more knowledgeable to contribute more but am still a neophyte. If anyone has a baseball question I am your man.

Thanks again all,

Jim

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posted 01-26-2008 10:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unquestionably authentic.

Price: okay, several years ago Grissom checks were in the $250 range.

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posted 02-03-2008 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for southpaw6267   Click Here to Email southpaw6267     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by MarylandSpace:
Unquestionably authentic.
Thanks Gary, I took a chance and let it go with the $350 opening bid last time and it closed with no bids. It was relisted and I won it for $282 I am happy saved $70 bucks. Thanks for the opinion!

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posted 02-03-2008 10:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You are welcome Jim. It is great that you got one in the $250 range. . . and how 'bout our NY football Giants tonight?

Garry

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posted 02-04-2008 02:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mark B     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How anyone can say with confidence that this item is indeed authentic beats me... seriously guys the image is not what I'd call fool proof.

It may well be authentic but with all the issues of late I wouldn't put my hand up without viewing a high res image of the item first. Pays to be sure or at least feel comfortable with it... Good luck.

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posted 02-04-2008 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Mark B:
How anyone can say with confidence that this item is indeed authentic beats me... seriously guys the image is not what I'd call fool proof.

While I agree that the words "unquestionably authentic" might be a little too strong for such an item, I think there is little doubt that this is likely an authentic item (assuming, of course, the Ebay selling is actually in possession of this item and aren't trying to sell a copy of the real deal). It is known that a dealer obtained a large supply of Grissom-signed checks from Betty in the past. So there is nothing particularly rare about these checks.

In order to forge one of these checks, you would not only need to master the forgery of Grissom's signature, but also master the forgery of his handwritting in general, and the forgery of a vintage check (with vintage style paper, inks, type styles, perforations, and cancellations). That would be A LOT of work in order to forge an item that would only fetch $200-300. Someone with that talent would be better off just forging a simple signature on a vintage litho (which are in plentiful supply). Such an item, if forged masterfully, would easily bring in $1000, or more.

Overall, I would say there is a very low probability that this check is a forgery. But, as with any item, a closer examination is always preferable in order to make a better buying decision.

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posted 02-08-2008 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for southpaw6267   Click Here to Email southpaw6267     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for all the opinions all!!! I appreciate all sides.

I got the check today and here is a better scan. Let me know what you think

Jim

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posted 02-08-2008 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Signature and writing look fine. As long as the check appears to be on vintage paper and doesn't look like a copy...then I assume you have the real deal!

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posted 02-08-2008 07:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for southpaw6267   Click Here to Email southpaw6267     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks - Paper is definitely vintage and you can't see it but the perforation marks where it was taken out of check book are on the edge. Also has a raised marking on it and stamped on reverse from bank.

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posted 02-08-2008 07:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks very good to me, too. And as Mark has already mentioned, it is filled out in Grissom's hand.

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