Love of the Game February 2, 2013 Auction
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Perhaps the most iconic image of "The Christian Gentleman," Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson.  One of the most popular pitchers of the deadball era and certainly one of the best-loved ballplayers of all-time, the classic image of Matty in the stretch position has been seen on baseball cards, notebook covers, book covers, paintings, and many other applications where Mathewson's likeness was used, in the past and even today.  When many people think of Christy Mathewson, it is this very image that they see in their mind's eye.

Here is an opportunity to own the iconic card that utilizes that classic image.  The card is wonderful, with very minor surface wear and some faint staining and discoloration consistent with the issue.  The card exhibits slight corner wear, most noticeably at the lower corners (there is a very slight wrinkle at the lower-left corner, mostly hidden by the dappled texture of the card stock.  The image area of the card, featuring Mathewson's classic pose, is virtually untarnished.  The card reverse, featuring the 1-75 checklist, is clean and bold, with only the aforementioned wear to the lower corners providing any condition issues.  Despite the grade of VG/EX 4.5, this is one of the highest-graded T3 Mathewsons in the hobby, as no specimen has ever graded higher than EX/MT 6.

Christy Mathewson is one of the greatest ballplayers to ever take the field, and this is arguably his most famous baseball card.  One of the three or four key cards in the immensely popular and widely collected Turkey Red cabinet set, this is a highly desirable card, sought after by collectors of all types.  One of the most lasting images of deadball era baseball, a T3 Turkey Red Christy Mathewson is one of the most famous prewar baseball cards.

Population Data
PSA Population: 73 total graded, 1 at this level, 15 higher
SGC Population: 16 total graded, 1 at this level, 1 higher
1910-11 T3 Turkey Red #27 Christy Mathewson (HOF) - PSA VG/EX+ 4.5
1910-11 T3 Turkey Red #27 Christy Mathewson (HOF) - PSA VG/EX+ 4.5
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,245
Number Bids: 15
Auction closed on Sunday, February 3, 2013.
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