Christy Mathewson autograph
Christy Mathewson was born in Factoryville, Pennsylvania in August 12, 1880. As a college student in Bucknell University, Mathewson was very active in sports and other extracurricular activities. He was voted as president of his class and also played for his school’s baseball and football teams. Moreover, Mathewson belonged to a literary group and was an active glee club member. Despite his already hectic school schedule, Mathewson was still able to find time to write a series of children’s books. During his professional baseball career, Mathewson became known for being a proponent of clean living, which was uncommon during those days, when most athletes were known to engage in many vices. As such, people respected him and children viewed him as a role model.
Mathewson’s skill as a pitcher made him a formidable adversary and valued teammate. He is widely regarded as one of the most, if not the most dominating pitcher of all time. His career spanned 17 long years, during which time he was able to establish numerous records. Among his accomplishments were — awarded with five strikeout titles, pitched ten complete games and four shutouts in a World Series tournament, and won a total of 373 games in his professional playing career.
In 1936, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame along with five other baseball greats — Walter Johnson, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, and Babe Ruth.
Memorabilia and items signed by Christy Mathewson are highly desired by collectors and hardcore baseball fans. His autograph is as equally popular as that of other baseball greats such as Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, and Babe Ruth. Items with an autograph of Mathewson can sell for a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, depending on their media content.
Christy Mathewson autographs are considered to be very rare. Less than 100 signed photographs of the player are known to exist.
Baseballs that were signed by Mathewson are very hard to find and as such are valued at a premium. In March of 2007, Huggins and Scott, an auction firm, was able to sell a baseball with an authentic autograph of Mathewson for $161,000. This is by far the highest price ever paid in an auction for a baseball containing a lone signature of an individual.
In June of 2005, a baseball that was jointly signed by umpire Charles "Cy" Rigler and Christy Mathewson 1918 was sold at an auction for around $5,400.
During the early 1900s, a series of baseball themed books reportedly written by Mathewson was sold to the public. People refer to these books as the “Matty Books.” These books were actually created by ghost writers but were passed off as original creations of Mathewson. Two titles from this series, namely “Pitching in a Pinch” and “Won in the Ninth” are now highly sought after by collectors. A copy of “Won in the Ninth,” signed by Mathewson was sold in an auction in August of 2001 for $3,800.
Cheques bearing the signature of Mathewson are also quite expensive. Prepinted checks that feature Mathewson’s signature are very hard to forge and most vintage collectible dealers would be able to easily distinguish authentic ones from fakes.