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Lot # 786 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1922 Christy Mathewson and John McGraw Signed Baseball

Starting Bid - $2,500.00 , Sold For - $26,437.50

This red-and-black stitched ball features the signatures of two baseball immortals: John McGraw and Christy Mathewson. This is an extraordinary dual-signed ball. McGraw and Mathewson will forever be linked as the heart and soul of the Giants team during the first two decades of the century. McGraw has signed the ball twice. The first signature, which is the larger of the two, appears on a side panel and is inscribed in black fountain pen (grading “8”), “John J. McGraw – 1922.” The second example, penned in blue fountain pen (“7”), is located on the opposite side panel and reads simply “John J. McGraw.” Mathewson’s signature, scripted “Christy Mathewson” in blue fountain pen (“8/9”), appears on a separate side panel. Despite the fact that Mathewson and McGraw were with the New York Giants, as player and manager, respectively, for fifteen seasons (1902-1916), balls signed by just the two of them are practically nonexistent and we cannot recall ever having seen another example. Mathewson’s signature, which is exceedingly rare in any form due to the fact that he passed away prematurely in 1925, has always been highly prized by collectors, especially alone on a baseball. Ideally, because of the unique positioning of each signature on this ball, this ball could easily display as a single for either player. The ball is moderately soiled throughout and although the manufacturer’s stampings are badly faded, making a positive identification impossible, it does appear to be an official National League ball. Very Good condition. A single-signed Mathewson ball is valued at many tens of thousands of dollars. In a world where a ball with more than one signature traditionally sells for a small fraction of what a single-signed ball would sell for, we can't help but think that this unique ball might actually be preferred to a Matty single by some collectors. Just as Ruth and Gehrig are a special combination on a ball, so are Mathewson and McGraw, though this may be the only Mathewson-McGraw dual-signed ball we will ever see. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $26,437.50

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