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Marvin Miller (d.2012) parlayed a degree in economics into a series of high profile positions with major unions, culminating with service as Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. This brilliant game-changer is credited with transforming the MLBPA into one of the strongest unions in U.S. history. His guidance led to the elimination of the reserve clause, impartial arbitration and free agency, paving the way for numerous baseball players to become millionaires.
Fittingly this supreme negotiator is represented here by financial instruments, one an official MLBPA check #844 drawn on the Chemical Bank of New York dated 3/1/76 (EX) with one unobtrusive vertical fold at center and one staple at top left, with Miller’s signature at bottom right showing admirable (“9”) quality; and one undated novelty check (VG-EX) with a vertical compacting fold at center and a truly dynamic (“9-10”) endorsement at lower right, this check is printed with “International Bank of Goodwill” and is made (presumably) to personal acquaintances in the amount of “One Million Dollars Worth of Good Luck”. Though the reverse of this novelty check is affected by staining, transfer to the obverse is negligible. Auction LOA from JSA.