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1910 Christy Mathewson Won In The Ninth Signed Presentation Edition
Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $8,050.00
1910 special signed presentation hardcover first edition of Won In The Ninth by Christy Mathewson ("9"). This is the ultimate Christy Mathewson signed book, with special bookplate signed by Mathewson affixed to the interior cover. This is Presentation Copy #241, presented to sportswriter Mr. Harry Neily (1884-1948). Neily was a charter member of the BBWAA. He was sports editor of the St. Louis Times prior to serving as business manager of the St. Louis Federals in 1914, and later served almost two decades with the Chicago American. It is unknown exactly how many special presentation copies Mathewson signed, but we believe the total to be 500. Very few have survived. This is the ideal signed Mathewson presentation book, as it is the only title by Mathewson which features a photograph of Mathewson on the cover, making it ideal for display. The 298-page book of baseball fiction has a special instructional section in the back. Published in 1910 by the R.J. Bodmer Company of New York. A slightly better example was offered in the Halper auction, where it appeared as lot #410 and realized $16,100. One of the finest signed Mathewson books in existence, with an incredibly bold, essentially flawless signature. In Excellent condition. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000. SOLD FOR $8,050.00
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