Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Two of the toughest 20th century Hall of Famers together!

    1919 New York Giants Team Signed Baseball with Mathewson, Youngs. Linked in baseball history for the Hall of Fame brilliance of their service to John McGraw, and for the tragically abridged spans of their lives, Christy Mathewson and Ross Youngs are yet again partnered on this ONL (Heydler) baseball autographed during one of the most consequential seasons in the sport's history. The 1919 campaign marked Matty's first back at the Polo Grounds in a coaching capacity since his return from World War I military service, the beginning of a gradual decline to infirmity and death brought upon by an accidental exposure to mustard gas during a training exercise. Youngs, in contrast, was a star on the rise, batting .311 and leading the National League in doubles in his sophomore season with the Giants.

    A consequence of Mathewson and Youngs' passing in 1925 and 1927 respectively is the enormous rarity of their autographs in the modern hobby, so the appearance of them together on the presented sphere (and on the same panel, no less) commands the highest of marks on the desirability scale. The iconic pitcher rates 6/10 in black fountain pen ink, with Youngs a point below in identical format. Among the other signers present are John McGraw (6/10), George "Highpockets" Kelly (4/10), Frank Frisch (1/10), Larry Doyle (4/10), George Burns (2/10), Art Fletcher (8/10), Mike Gonzalez (1/10). Twenty-two autographs appear in total, reflecting the same range of strengths as indicated in the key signatures. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2012
    2nd Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 3,202

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold on Aug 2, 2012 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 1 day left to consign to the 2021 November 18 - 20 Fall Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction !

    Learn about consigning with us

    Thank you for your expertise, guidance through the auction process and for getting them top dollar for the cards.
    Mark F.,
    Rochester, NY
    View More Testimonials

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search