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    1920's Christy Mathewson "$500,000.00" Single Signed Baseball.

    Excerpted from "The Boston Braves, 1871-1953," by Harold Kaese:

    During the course of the evening McGraw looked across the dining room and commented, "Why, there's George Washington Grant. Did you know that you can buy his ball club for a half-million dollars?"

    The other three men arched their eyebrows. They had not heard that the Boston Braves were for sale.

    McGraw turned to Fuchs, and asked, "Judge, why don't you buy it? You know the game and have the interest."

    Fuchs surprised his listeners by replying quickly, "Sure, I'll buy it, but on one condition."

    "What's that?" asked McGraw.

    "That Christy Mathewson will help me run it."


    He had been the most beloved figure of the early twentieth century game in his youth, authoring 373 victories in seventeen seasons of Major League service, a tally surpassed only by Cy Young and Walter Johnson in the history of the sport. But exposure to mustard gas during a World War I training exercise had done irreparable damage to Mathewson's world-beating frame, the start of a painful trudge through infirmity that would end with his passing on the first day of the 1925 World Series.

    We suspect that Mathewson's unusual notation on the side panel of the provided ONL (Heydler) baseball is a reference to the transaction that would provide him with the last employment of his baseball career and his life. Fuchs did indeed purchase the Braves with the full intention of handing the reins to Mathewson, but the Hall of Fame hurler's deteriorating health would restrict his role to little more than figurehead.

    Mathewson's elite baseball significance and tragically abridged life have served to created a vast disparity between demand and supply, and his single signed baseball is absent from many of even the finest of private collections. The offered example is a particularly intriguing example of that coveted rarity, Matty's black fountain pen ink adorning the side panel in 6/10 strength above his unique "$500,000.00" notation.

    The ball itself exhibits a degree of typical handling wear, but the strength of presentation remains impressive. It's unquestionably one of the best Matty singles in the hobby. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

    Guide Value or Estimate: $80,000 - up.

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