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    Early 1920's Christy Mathewson Single Signed Baseball. In the rough and tumble Dead Ball Era 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. As commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis famously eulogized the fallen baseball hero, "He was an inspiration to everybody, and may we have more of his kind." The 373-game winning right-hander autographed this Official National League ball shortly before his untimely demise, the delayed result of a World War I gas attack.

    This early passing, and the nine and a half decades that have since elapsed, have conspired to deny the collecting hobby of all but a meager few autograph exemplars, particularly on the hide of a baseball. This specimen rates among the finest of that skimpy bunch, providing a boldly penned sweet spot signature which survives at a conservative 7/10. While the "Official National League" stamping on the ball is clearly legible, we can't make out some of the finer details, including the league president, lost to the effects of time. Our catalog imagery should convey that the ball has some minor foxing and mottled toning, but these issues must be forgiven in light of the tremendous rarity of the signature, and the strength thereof. Unquestionably one of the finest Matty singles we've offered. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


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