Agreed -- it looks to be VF. A description of VF from Krause's Standard
Catalog of United States Paper Money, 17th edition:
"An attractive note, but with more evidence of handling and wear. May
have a number of folds both vertically and horizontally. Paper may have
minimal dirt, or possible color smudging. Paper itself is still
relatively crisp and not floppy."
Retail value is probably around $60.
Some comments on the "sales pitch" at the auction site:
"...would have graded AU maybe higher, if it had not been folded at one
point in time." -- I'm having trouble understanding this statement.
I've got a faded, wrinkled Series 1996 $20 bill that would have graded
UNC if it hadn't gone through the washing machine at one point in time.
"...you won't find a nicer specimen, at least not very easily!" -- Give
me a break. I've found nicer specimens at the coin & stamp department
of the Marshal Fields department store. This is one of the easiest
large-size US notes there is.
> It basically looks like a VF to me.
> > Below you will find a link to a 1917 Large One Dollar Bill I
> > recently purchased. I am looking for a little insight I don't know
> > much about the bills or where to find information on grading them.
> > You Post'em & I'll Read'em.
> > Link to view the specimen. 2 images 26K each.
> > http://www.prowebfx.com/auctions/1917largedollar.html
> > Thanks So Much.