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    1915 W-Unc Christy Mathewson SGC 20 Fair 1.5 - One-of-a Kind. NOTE: We have been informed the second SGC entry is in fact the second Mathewson pose earning this card "One-of-a-Kind" status.

    "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. It was a sentiment shared by essentially every player, teammate or adversary, which ever encountered Big Six on the playing field.

    The presented unassuming slab of this cardboard could be similarly praised, rating as one of the more desirable Mathewson card rarities. While we cannot state definitively the precise population of surviving examples, it is telling that just two have ever passed through the grading services of SGC and PSA combined. The famed Honus Wagner card seems utterly common by comparison. The offered card will be coveted by Mathewson specialists and fans as this issue was practically unheard of until there were small finds in 2008 and 2010.

    The rarities are simply referred to as 1915 "W-Unc" until more information is discovered. While their exact form of circulation is unknown, hand cuts and irregular sizing certainly seem to suggest a multi-card strip. Currently there are 24 confirmed players, two team cards and an action scene available. The pitching pose of Mathewson in his New York best dates back to some time between December 1900, when he signed with the Giants, and August 10, 1901, the date on his M128 Police Gazette supplement (which is available in this auction) of the same full-figure portrait.

    The card shows light creasing, one small spot of surface loss on the front, another area of loss is on the reverse, some soiling and rounding at all four corners. Currently, PSA has yet to grade any copy, SGC has graded two (and we have been informed the other is in fact the second Mathewson pose), this SGC 20 Fair 1.5 is currently one-of-a-kind as no other example is known. Combined census reports only account for a total of thirty-two cards. For the Mathewson specialist this is a "must have it" collectible and no master set will ever be complete without one.


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