Christy Mathewson Signed Check, 1922
Auto PSA 9 Mint
We are proud to present another great find recently uncovered in the hobby - a gorgeous Mint 9 example of Christy Mathewson on an Adirondack National Bank check from 1922!
Christy Mathewson (1880-1925), known as the Big Six, or simply Matty, is considered the best pitcher of his era, along with Walter Johnson. After a successful college career at Bucknell, he won 373 games in the his illustrious 17-year professional career spanning 1900 to 1916. In the Majors, he posted a .665 winning percentage, a career ERA of 2.23, and won twenty games or more an astounding 12 consecutive seasons. In 1908 alone, he won 37 games (against just 11 losses) and posted a 1.43 era over 390 innings pitched. Of course, it was no surprise that he was one of the five players inducted into the Hall of Fame's Inaugural Class in 1936. That class also included only Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, and Johnson.
Matty passed away in 1925 at the young age of 45. The cause was tuberculosis, the result of exposure to chemical weapons used during his service in World War One. Thus his autograph is not an easy one to obtain. While most signed checks feature cancellations and unwanted markings through the signature, this example is completely untouched… simply flawless. Presented in bold black fountain ink, the autograph has been graded Mint 9 by PSA/DNA.
Offered in the PSA Mint 9 Slab Holder, the check can easily be safely removed and presented in a frame to make a gorgeous display (see photos). Almost every advanced baseball collection is in need of a Christy Mathewson autograph. The righty hurler is historically important and presented here in the finest condition.
The Best of the Best and True Brigandi Quality – it’s certainly one we proudly recommend to even the most fastidious collector.