Beautiful engraved specimen proof certificate from the Santa Anita Realty Enterprises
. This historic document was printed by Jeffries Bank Note Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company's founder Dr. Charles H. Strub.
Santa Anita Park track opened in 1934 a year after the legalization of pari-mutuel wagering in California. You can't say Santa Anita without thinking of the Strub family. Dr. Charles H. Strub founded the track, and his son, Robert Strub, continued the family legacy of class and integrity by offering the finest in horse racing until his death in 1993.
Specimen Certificates are actual certificates that have never been issued. They were usually kept by the printers in their permanent archives as their only example of a particular certificate. Sometimes you will see a hand stamp on the certificate that says "Do not remove from file".
Specimens were also used to show prospective clients different types of certificate designs that were available. Specimen certificates are usually much scarcer than issued certificates. In fact, many times they are the only way to get a certificate for a particular company because the issued certificates were redeemed and destroyed. In a few instances, Specimen certificates we made for a company but were never used because a different design was chosen by the company.
These certificates are normally stamped "Specimen" or they have small holes spelling the word specimen. Most of the time they don't have a serial number, or they have a serial number of 00000. This is an exciting sector of the hobby that grown in popularity over the past several years.