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Rare 1913 Christy Mathewson Cravats Souvenir Felt Pennant
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,080
Exceptionally rare example of New York Giants Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson from the 1913 Cravats Felt Pennants series. This is the only Mathewson pennant we have ever seen, although we have heard that at least one other does exist. The pennant, which measures 4-1/8 inches wide at top and 9 inches from top to bottom, features an illustration of Mathewson in white, with his last name and team name printed underneath. Above the illustration is a bat and baseball, with "Cravats" printed inside. A metal ring reinforces a small hole punched near the top, directly above the baseball. The exact origins of the set are unknown, as are many details surrounding the manufacturer, intended use of the pennants, and even the complete checklist. According to the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards, the Cravats name "may represent the issuer or describe the issue. . .[as] 'cravat' is an arcane term for a triangular piece of cloth." Encapsulated by SGC as Authentic (which is the only designation given to these items), the pennant presents as Excellent, but would technically grade lesser if assigned a numerical grade due to a faint crease directly above Mathewson's name. This is an extraordinary sample worthy of the finest Mathewson, Hall of Fame, or type-card collection. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,080
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