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1924 Christy Mathewson Signed Check - PSA/DNA NM-MT 8
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $13,200
Personal check, dated October 2, 1924, signed by Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson. Professionally graded and encapsulated NM-MT 8 by PSA/DNA. The check, drawn on the Adirondack National Bank of Saranac Lake, New York, is made out to "J. A. Latour" in the amount of $6.00. It has been beautifully signed in black fountain pen along the base by "Christy Mathewson." Mathewson's name is preprinted along the left border. James A. Latour and Company was an Adirondack retailer whose ads at the time stated that it was a dealer in "Fresh and Salt Meats, all Kinds Fish and Poultry; Chicago Dressed Meats a Specialty." Canceled checks have always been highly prized among autograph collectors due to the inherent authenticity they provide for the signatures. 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 (8.375 x 2.75 inches) displays normal bank cancellation holes, as well as two light vertical folds and one heavy vertical center fold (just ever so slightly touching upon the "C" in "Christy"). There is a slight trim along both the top and bottom borders. The reverse displays an additional piece of what appears to be double-sided tape (a large amount of red fuzz is affixed to the tape) and surface paper loss as a result of the check having once been mounted, and then removed, from an album. Despite the flaws, the check features an outstanding Mathewson signature and, as one can plainly see, presents beautifully. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $13,200
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