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Lot # 880 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1923 Christy Mathewson Signed Check with Letter from Mrs. Christy Mathewson!

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $21,330

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 February 2, 1923, and drawn on the Adirondack National Bank of Saranac Lake, New York, is made out to "Boyce and Roberson" in the amount of $15.50. It has been flawlessly signed in blue fountain pen by "Christy Mathewson," with the signature grading a perfect "10." A "Boyce and Roberson" endorsement stamp appears on the reverse. Our consignor's deceased husband, who was nineteen years old at the time, received this check directly from Mrs. Mathewson in 1955. As an autograph collector, he had written Mrs. Mathewson asking her if she had any signatures of her husband that she could send to him. He also asked her if she thought that any pitchers in the game at the time were the equal of her husband. Mrs. Mathewson was kind enough to send him the offered check, which has been in his family's possession until this time, as well as reply to his question. At the bottom of his original handwritten note, she responded, "Dear Robert, No pitcher in my estimation has ever, or can ever, equal Christy Mathewson. '37 games in one year is the record.' Mrs. C. Mathewson. 5/18/55." 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, if not the finest, and most interesting Mathewson check 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 in check form. The check (8.5 x 3 inches) displays a vertical fold, a small edge tear along the top-left border, and normal bank cancellation holes. The number "174" is lightly written in pencil in the upper left corner. Despite the minor flaws (none of which affect the Mathewson signature) the check presents beautifully and has an overall spectacular Excellent appearance. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $10,000++. SOLD FOR $21,330

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