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1922 Christy Mathewson Signed Check with Letter from Mrs. Christy Mathewson - PSA/DNA MINT 9!
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $20,400
Offered here is one of the finest Christy Mathewson checks in existence, both with regard to the quality of the signature and its extraordinary provenance. The bank check, dated June 6, 1922, and drawn on the Adirondack National Bank of Saranac Lake, New York, is made out to "W. J. Oakey" in the amount of $17.00. It has been beautifully signed in black fountain pen by "Christy Mathewson." The check has been encapsulated by PSA/DNA, with the signature graded MINT 9 by the company. Oakey's handwritten endorsement appears on the reverse.
This check originates directly from Mrs. Christy Mathewson, who sent it to collector Ronald Phelps (living in Orlando, Florida) in 1953. Ideally, it is accompanied by both Mrs. Mathewson's letter to Phelps and its original mailing envelope, which is postmarked "Apr 10 1953." Obviously, either Phelps or his friends were a little too greedy in their requests for Mathewson checks, as Mrs. Mathewson makes plainly clear in her one-page handwritten letter (7.75 x 5.25 inches). In full: "Dear Ronald, I am sending a cancelled check to you. This is the 3rd one I have sent to Orlando. Please tell the boys there not to write for any more. Sincerely, Mrs. Mathewson." Both Mrs. Mathewson's signature and the handwritten text have been scripted in black ink and grade "10."
Canceled checks have always been highly prized among autograph collectors due to the inherent authenticity they provide for the signatures. The fact that this example comes with the added provenance of originating directly from Mrs. Christy Mathewson, with her personal note, further distinguishes it as one of the best and most interesting Mathewson checks in existence! As most collectors know, Mathewson's signature is very rare because of his untimely death at the age of forty-five in 1925 and is by far the rarest of the first five Hall of Fame inductees to find on a check. The check (6.5 x 2.75 inches) displays normal bank cancellation holes, as well as a slight one-inch horizontal crease extending inward from the left border. In Excellent condition overall. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. SOLD FOR $20,400
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