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    Early 1920's Christy Mathewson Handwritten & Signed Document. Matty is an autograph on just about every Hall of Fame collector's wish list, and for very good reason. It's the simple rule of supply and demand. The Hall of Fame right hander's death from pneumonia in 1925, the result of lungs weakened by a World War I poison gas incident, has made his signature an extraordinarily scarce commodity. And the demand? As the most dominating pitcher of the dead ball era, Mathewson posted 373 wins against just 188 losses, representing baseball's premier team as the star of John McGraw's New York Giants. Only a handful of players could match his appeal, and those few are significantly more accessible. In short, everybody wants Mathewson, and almost nobody has him.

    We'll change that for one lucky collector as we offer one of the most incredible Mathewson pieces to hit the auction block in recent memory. Acquired through the mail in the mid-1960's from Matty's widow is this clipping from a "The Pennsylvania R.R. Co." stock certificate, filled out entirely in the legendary pitcher's hand and bearing the monumentally scarce "Christopher Mathewson" signature. The slip of paper is 2.25x7" in size, but its importance and allure is immeasurable. It's certainly one of a hypothetical tiny handful of autographs bearing Mathewson's complete given name that could possibly exist, and all ink rates an unimprovable 10/10. A single vertical fold at center is essentially invisible and does nothing to detract, and his wife's 1935 handwriting on verso regarding the sale of stock is also invisible upon display.

    Included with this important document fragment is the accompanying handwritten letter from Mathewson's widow to the 1960's autograph collector, noting "Your letter was forwarded from Cooperstown. I am sorry that I have nothing but this enclosed record to give you. This is written in my husband's own writing. It is about the last specimen of his handwriting that I possess." LOA from Steve Grad & Zach Rullo/ PSA DNA.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2005
    14th Saturday
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