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    1923 Christy Mathewson Signed Check, PSA/DNA Authentic. 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. The 373-game winning right-hander filled out and signed this personal check less than a year before his early death as the delayed result of a World War I gas attack, scripting all words, figures and his closing signature in bold 9/10 blue fountain pen ink. A pair of light fold lines at center are only apparent upon close inspection, and the check otherwise presents wonderfully with light edge and corner wear. "Big Six" signatures are becoming increasingly tough, and forgeries abound. Smart investors are aggressively chasing the few available examples of his personal checks as they appear, and we expect the flow will continue to wane in coming years, and that the value will continue to rise. Also here is a handwritten and signed letter to a young collector from Mathewson's widow which closes with the line, "This check is just one of the precious few that I have left." The check has been encapsulated by PSA/DNA for protection and unquestioned authenticity. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, Authentic. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    November, 2013
    7th-9th Thursday-Saturday
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