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    1913 Christy (Christopher) Mathewson Signed Check for Pitching in a Pinch, PSA NM-MT 8. A brilliant and distinguished pitching career that installed him as fourth on the all-time pitching victories chart made his autograph essential, and his early death in 1925 made it exceedingly rare. But while any signature from Big Six is cause for collecting celebration, an example such as this is a true breed apart. Issued by "G.P. Putnam's Sons" for forty-seven dollars, this August 3, 1913 check is clearly payment for Matty's authorship of "Pitching in a Pinch," which was distributed by the leading publisher. The New York Giants' star hurler follows banking protocol with his endorsing signature on the check's backside, signing with the "Christopher Mathewson" format that matches the publisher's handwritten payee. Not only is this an extraordinarily rare autograph variation, but it is rendered in stunningly bold black fountain pen ink which the graders at PSA/DNA rather stingily assigned a NM-MT 8 rating. The check exhibits vertical creases from folded storage and some paper loss on verso, but these issues remain well clear of the all-important Mathewson signature. The check is encapsulated in a PSA/DNA NM-MT 8 holder, and is accompanied by a VG-EX example of Mathewson's book. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, NM-MT 8.

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