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    1911 M110 Sporting Life Christy Mathewson SGC 10 PR 1. "He was an inspiration to everybody and may we have more of his kind," spoke a doleful Kenesaw Mountain Landis at the 1925 memorial service for the future posthumous Hall of Fame inductee. "His sense of justice, his integrity, and sportsmanship made him far greater than Christy Mathewson the pitcher." Though baseball's first Commissioner had been recruited by Major League Baseball to ferret out its worst in the midst of the 1919 Black Sox scandal, Landis was able to recognize the game's best as well, properly honoring this shimmering diamond in the Dead Ball Era rough. Offered is one the rarest Mathewson collectibles, M110 Sporting Life cabinet card from 1911. The approx. 5-5/8" x 7" premium has been graded SGC 10 Poor 1 but obviously presents much nicer. There is some slight wrinkling in one corner and surface marks on the obverse, marks which thankfully miss the central image of the great mound master about to smoke one past an opposing batsman. The back is clean but does show minor areas of surface scuffing/scratching. The corner quality matches the other three we have to offer in this auction, on par with an "excellent" condition card and the four very tiny pin holes (one in each corner) and one at top center border that is the only one readily visible. An impressive looking piece and a fantastic addition to any Mathewson collection.

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    April, 2011
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