Description1923 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 American League (Johnson) 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 five Matty singles have been offered by major auction houses in the past dozen years. This is perhaps the finest of that skimpy bunch, providing a boldly penned sweet spot signature which survives at a conservative 7/10. Surface abrasions, likely the result of years rolling around in a dresser drawer, represent the entirety of condition problems, and make it difficult to discern the month of the date penned by Big Six beneath his autograph: "-- 30, 1923."
It should go without saying, of course, that such deviations from perfection must be forgiven in light of the tremendous scarcity, and our catalog imagery should clearly indicate that the signature remains bold and unmistakable. A rare opportunity for the advanced single signed baseball collector, and one which is unlikely to be repeated in the near future. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.
Guide Value or Estimate: $80,000 - up.
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