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1919 Christy Mathewson Signed Tax Exempt Booklet
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $7,110.00
Extraordinary signed Christy Mathewson document relating to his service in the armed forces during World War I. Mathewson served as a captain in the Chemical Warfare Service division and spent most of 1919 in France on duty. While in France he was issued this tax exemption coupon booklet, on June 17th, 1919. Mathewson has beautifully signed the interior cover, "C. Mathewson," in black fountain pen (grading "9") where directed, and has also filled out his rank and the date of issue in the spaces provided ("Capt. CWS/June 17, 1919"). The tax exemption coupon booklet was provided to allow Mathewson exemption from paying luxury taxes on articles purchased during his stay in France. This piece has a special provenance. It was consigned to Robert Edward Auctions in 2004 by legendary Christy Mathewson collector Norm Brauer. Brauer's father played ball with Christy Mathewson during his youth and Norm remained close to the Mathewson family throughout his life, during which time he acquired many of Christy Mathewson's personal items both at auction and directly from the Mathewson family. When this piece appeared at public auction as Lot 91 in REA's May 2004 sale, it realized a final sale price of $4,312. It has been consigned to this auction directly from the original purchaser in 2004. Accompanying the booklet are copies of documents from Mathewson's estate relating to his military service. Included in those documents are a copy of a French hotel register recording Mathewson's stay there with his wife from June 16th through June 18th. Obviously, as recorded by the date on this tax exemption booklet, Mathewson and his wife were doing some shopping during her visit. Both the front and back covers of the booklet are present, but have been carefully separated to allow for ideal display. They were originally connected by a staple. Also included are three interior sheets of unused tax exemption coupons, which were to be signed and presented to the merchant at the time of purchase to allow exemption from luxury tax. There is a single vertical fold line to the booklet, not affecting visual appearance, likely the result of traveling in Mathewson's wallet or pocket. Measures 3 x 6.75 inches. Very Good to Excellent condition overall. The booklet has been mounted (by means of photo corners) together with a 1909 M101-2 Sporting News supplement of Mathewson (Good condition, the name "Matty" written on the front in blue ink). Framed to total dimensions of 13.5 x 19 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $7,110.00
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