A departure from the archetypal player from the early portion of the 20th century, Christy Mathewson was aptly dubbed “The Christian Gentleman” as he refrained from gambling, drinking and womanizing throughout a brilliant career that produced 373 career mound triumphs. As rare as his talents, Mathewson’s autograph is a scarce treasure as he was exposed to chemicals during a World War I training exercise in France and resultantly passed away at the tender age of 45. A Mathewson cut signature headlines this lot of rare artifacts. Includes:
Christy Mathewson Cut Signature: in black-ink steel tip fountain pen on a scrap approximately 3-1/2”-long, Mathewson has inscribed “Good-Bye – Matty.” The bold and flowing penmanship resonates (“9”) strength and clarity and comes with a full photo LOA from JSA.
Additional highlights include:
- A 1962 National League season pass issued to Mathewson’s wife, Jane
- A 1939 typewritten letter on The Sporting News stationary, addressed to Mathewson’s wife and signed by editor Charles Spink (“8-9” strength)
- Dozens of vintage newspaper clippings (mostly detailing Mathewson’s illness and passing