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1910 Christy Mathewson Won in The Ninth Signed Presentation Edition
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $7,050
Rare 1910 special signed presentation hardcover first edition of Won in The Ninth by Christy Mathewson. This is the ultimate Christy Mathewson signed book, featuring a special bookplate signed by Mathewson affixed to the interior cover. Mathewson's signature, scripted in black fountain pen, is lightly faded and grades “6/7." The original recipient's name, “Mr. Edward Connolly,” is printed on the bookplate, as is the presentation number, “499.” It is unknown exactly how many special presentation copies of this book Mathewson signed, but over the years many have speculated that the number is somewhere between 300 and 500. The discovery of this book, which is the highest-numbered copy (by far) that we have ever seen, appears to end the speculation and it now seems very likely that 500 was the limitation number. More important than the exact number of presentation copies signed by Mathewson is the fact that very few have survived. Won in the Ninth signed presentation editions have always been highly prized by collectors as it is the only title authored by Mathewson that features a photograph of him on the cover, making it ideal for display. The 298-page book of baseball fiction also has a special instructional section in the back. Published in 1910 by the R. J. Bodmer Company of New York. The covers display moderate wear, including a number of light abrasions, and the spine is loose. There is a very small, light stain in the upper right corner of the front cover that is not noticeable from the exterior, but which affects the interior cover and two succeeding pages. Otherwise, all of the pages remain clean and bright and the book is in Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $7,050
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