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    One of the finest known examples of this coveted rarity

    1919-24 Christy Mathewson Single Signed Baseball. In the rough and tumble Dead Ball Era of our national pastime, when the sport was populated by brawling drunks and illiterate farmhands, Matty was recognized almost as much for his gentlemanly comportment as he was for his remarkable Hall of Fame abilities. As commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis famously eulogized the fallen baseball hero, "He was an inspiration to everybody, and may we have more of his kind." The 373-game winning right-hander autographed this Official National League (Heydler) ball just two years before his untimely demise, the delayed result of a World War I gas attack.

    This early passing, and the eight and a half decades that have since elapsed, have conspired to deny the collecting hobby of all but a meager few autograph exemplars, particularly on the hide of a baseball. In fact, fewer than ten Matty singles have been offered by major auction houses in the past decade and a half. This specimen rates among the finest of that skimpy bunch, providing a boldly penned sweet spot signature which survives at a steady 7/10.

    We come to the vintage listed in the lot title by the red John Heydler presidential stamping on the side panel of the Official National League sphere that serves as Matty's medium, a period that found the pitching legend bravely battling his malady while coaching his old Giants team, and later serving in the front office of the Boston Braves.

    October 7th of this year will mark the ninetieth anniversary of Mathewson's passing, but no span of years could ever succeed in dimming his memory as long as the sport of baseball remains our National Pastime. Like Lou Gehrig after him, Matty remains one of the great, noble gentlemen of the game, and one of its most tragic tales. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.






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    Auction Dates
    February, 2015
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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