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    1914 Cracker Jack Christy Mathewson #88 PSA EX 5.
    Mathewson stands as a defining figure of the sport's Dead Ball Era as much as he stands in contrast to it. In that rough and tumble period 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. His utter pitching supremacy is evident in his eye-popping record of 373-188--a nearly two-to-one ratio of success--and a career earned run average of just 2.13.

    An essential component in five National League Championship seasons for the New York Giants, Matty is captured in the midst of that age of dominance in this supremely rare single-year "pitching pose" format from the two-season production of the celebrated Cracker Jack issues. The card finds Matty engaged in his final twenty-win season, his pinpoint accuracy still on full display as he recorded fewer walks than victories.

    The cardboard commemorative likewise finds few challengers for supremacy, one of two assessed by the hobby's leading grading service at an EX 5 level, with only a single superior example. The typical culprits of imperfect centering and minor edge and corner wear account for the grade, but we're pleased to report that the registration here is superior to most from the Cracker Jack breed, supplying the aesthetic strength of an even higher rating. A truly elite representation for the uncompromising collector.

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    August, 2018
    18th-19th Saturday-Sunday
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