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    1924 Christy Mathewson Signed Contract & Cover Letter. Just eighteen months before Matty would succumb to the lung damage suffered as a member of the United States Army's Chemical Warfare division during World War I, he delivered the presented documents to Braves infielder Ernie Padgett in his role as President of the Boston National League club. The typed letter on Braves letterhead is dated "February 15th, 1924," and reads, in part, "I have your letter of January 31st and am sorry to hear that you are dissatisfied with the get you started in the right direction I am enclosing a contract which calls for a still further increase to $2700. Please sign and return this to the office at once." This too, apparently, proved insufficient for Padgett, as we find that contract here as well, never signed and returned by Padgett as Mathewson directed. Each document is, however, signed by the Hall of Fame hurler who sent them to Padgett, the "C. Mathewson" autographs each gorgeously scripted and as bold as the day they were applied. Each document exhibits original mailing folds but no other condition issues worthy of note. Finally, we have a hilarious photograph of Padgett attempting to swipe a peanut out of the coat pocket of an unsuspecting Kenesaw Mountain Landis as he took in a 1923 Southern Association game just before Padgett was called up to the Big League squad from Memphis. Photo is 4x7, VG-EX. Full LOA's from PSA/DNA (one for each piece). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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