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Lot # 829 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1924 Christy Mathewson Signed Check

Starting Bid - $2,000.00 , Sold For - $17,625.00

Bank check, dated October 13, 1924, signed by Christy Mathewson. Mathewson checks have always been extremely rare. The check, made out to “Bucknell University” in the amount of $121.00, is drawn on the Adirondack National Bank and has been signed, “Christy Mathewson,” in black fountain pen (grading “10”) along the bottom. The signature is flawless. A stamped endorsement appears on the reverse. This is a particularly outstanding Mathewson check as he is very well known for having attended Bucknell University, which was unusual at the turn of the century, when so few ballplayers went to college. Mathewson was both a baseball and football star at Bucknell before embarking on his successful Major League career. He always maintained strong ties to his alma mater and it's not surprising to find him sending money to the school, even during this most difficult period of his life. Mathewson was suffering from tuberculosis in 1924. Unfortunately, his health continued to deteriorate and he finally succumbed to the disease one year later, on October 7th, at the age of forty-five. The check (6.5 x 2.75 inches) has two light vertical folds, two small corner creases, a tiny area of light discoloration (not affecting the signature), and normal bank cancellation stamps and perforations. The Mathewson family gave away the few checks they had to collectors who asked for them decades ago. Mathewson is by far the rarest of the first five Hall of Fame inductees to find in check form. The quality of the signature on this Mathewson check example is extraordinary. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $17,625.00

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