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1910-1922 Christy Mathewson News Photo Collection (3)
Starting Bid - $400.00 , Sold For - $1,292.50
This trio of original news photos, each framed and ideal for display, spans the years circa 1910 through 1922 and captures Mathewson both on and off the field. 1) Circa 1910 photo of Mathewson in extreme close-up as a member of the New York Giants. A number of different "Culver Service" news stamps appear on the reverse, as does the handwritten notation "Christy Mathewson NY Giants Pitcher." Also written on the reverse is the date, "June 12," but no year is given. 7.75 x 9.75 inches. Technically Vg, with a number of light creases throughout, but it presents as Ex. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 12.5 x 14.5 inches. 2) Circa 1917 photo of Mathewson, as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, pictured posing in front of the dugout. A "Culver Pictures, Inc." stamp appears on the reverse, as does a handwritten notation reading "Pub. Aug. 24, 1929." A second date of "8-6-29" also appears on the reverse, indicating that this photo was used a number of times after it was taken, the last time being in 1929. 7.25 x 9.5 inches. The photo has been trimmed to its current dimensions and displays a few editorial markings. When originally published this image was cropped to provide a close-up of Matty and the lines of demarcation are still visible (the cropped area is also somewhat darker in shade). Vg, with a few light creases as well. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 13 x 15.5 inches. 3) 1922 photo of Mathewson, dressed in formal attire, standing in front of a house. The photo captures Mathewson in a bust-length image and features a "Photograms" stamp on the reverse. The reverse is also date stamped "June 14, 1922." Mathewson was suffering from tuberculosis at the time of this photo and he passed away just three years later. Although it is impossible to state with certainty, this photo was most likely taken at Saranac Lake, New York, where Mathewson spent a great deal of time convalescing during his illness. 4.75 x 3.25 inches. Ex-Mt. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 9.25 x 7.75 inches. A color copy of each photo's reverse accompanies the lot. Total: 3 photos. Reserve $400. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,292.50
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