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1912 Christy Mathewson Pitching In A Pinch Signed First Edition
Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $10,072.50
First edition of Pitching in a Pinch by Christy Mathewson, signed by Mathewson on the interior. Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York and London, 1912. Mathewson has inscribed the book in black fountain pen (grading "8") on the front flyleaf: "Christy Mathewson/June 9 1912." This is only the third signed example of this book that we have ever handled. The first appeared as Lot 171 in our May 2004 auction and realized a final sales price of $12,650. The other was featured as Lot 992 in our April 2007 auction, where it sold for $26,437. Of special note, like this example, both of the other inscribed Mathewson volumes were dated as well (each was dated June 16, 1912). Our research has discovered that the New York Giants were enjoying a long fifteen-game home stand during the middle of June in 1912. Interestingly, June 9th (the date the offered volume was signed) and June 16th (the date the other two books were signed) were both off days for the Giants. While only speculation, it's possible that on both of those days Mathewson might have visited a local bookshop or event and signed copies of his newly published work to help promote sales. At the very least it seems to be a remarkable coincidence. The 304-page hardcover book, which features numerous illustrations of top players in the game, displays moderate wear to the covers. The pages are all clean and bright. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. This is an exceptional Christy Mathewson signed item dating from his active playing career, and one that would be a highlight in any Hall of Fame autograph collection or advanced baseball library. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $10,072.50
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