Christy Mathewson made his major league debut for the New York Giants on July 17, 1900. Valuable Christy Mathewson baseball collectibles include autographed photos, historic game balls, original press photos, signed canceled checks, original New York Giants baseball contracts and rare baseball cards.
Christy Mathewson (1880-1925) was one of baseball's early powerhouse pitchers. Nicknamed "Big Six" or "Matty," Mathewson played his 1900-1916 career with the New York Giants and Cincinnati Reds, amassing a 373-188 won-loss record, 2,507 strikeouts and a lifetime 2.13 earned run average. A graduate of Bucknell University, Christy Mathewson, along with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson and Honus Wagner, comprised the Baseball Hall of Fame's 1936 inaugural class of inductees.
Here are ten valuable Christy Mathewson baseball collectibles that are sure to interest sports memorabilia enthusiasts. Now taking the mound once again Big Six, the great Christy Mathewson...
Christy Mathewson 1902 New York Giants Baseball Contract
Christy Mathewson played most of his career with the New York Giants. Mathewson's 1902 baseball contract called for an annual salary of $3,000. That historic document dated September 18, 1901 – signed by Mathewson, Giants secretary/treasurer F.M. Knowles and National League president Nicholas Young – sold at auction for $41,125.
Christy Mathewson 1902 Giants contract $41,125
Christy Mathewson 1903 W600 Sporting Life Baseball Card
A graded Christy Mathewson 1903 W600 cabinet card issued by the publication Sporting Life in 1903 in SGC 60 excellent 5 condition brought a whopping $32,250 at auction.
Christy Mathewson 1903 Sporting Life cabinet card $32,250
Christy Mathewson 1914 WG4 Polo Grounds Baseball Game Card
A graded 1914 WG4 Christy Mathewson Polo Grounds game card in spectacular PSA gem mint 10 condition sold at auction for $823.
Christy Mathewson Signed Canceled Check
An October 13, 1924, check made out and signed by Christy Mathewson to his alma mater Bucknell University was a huge winner at auction. This piece brought a top bid of $17,625.
Christy Mathewson 1924 signed check $17,625
Christy Mathewson 1911 Signed Photograph
In 1911 famed baseball photographer Louis Van Oeyen snapped a studio portrait of Christy Mathewson. Mathewson signed and dated that photo: "Kindest regards to L. Van Oeyen - Christy Mathewson, 1. 28 1911." It sold at auction for $19,975.
Christy Mathewson 1922 Autographed Checkers Manual
In addition to being a world-class baseball player Christy Mathewson was also a renowned checkers player. A 160-page hardbound checkers instructional manual – inscribed and signed by the future Hall of Famer: "This book belonged to my cousin George Griswold and was presented to me by his widow Aug 12, 1922, Christy Mathewson" – sold at auction for $26,100.
Christy Mathewson 1922 signed checkers book $26,100
Christy Mathewson 1911 Jones, Keyser & Arras Cabinet Card
In 1911 Jones, Keyser & Arras Studios of New York City produced an extremely rare set of baseball cabinet cards. A Christy Mathewson example authenticated by SGC in overall very good condition brought $12,925 at auction.
Christy Mathewson 1911 cabinet card $12,925
Christy Mathewson and John McGraw 1916 Press Photo
An August 28, 1916, original press photo culled from the archives of the Chicago Sun-Times features rival National League managers John McGraw of the New York Giants and Christy Mathewson of the Cincinnati Reds. This 6x8-inch photo brought $705 at auction.
Christy Mathewson and John McGraw 1916 photo $705
Christy Mathewson 1904 Strikeout Record Ball
On October 3, 1904, Christy Mathewson made history by striking out 16 batters in a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at New York's fabled the Polo Grounds. The actual ball used in that game soared at auction, fetching a top bid of $44,063.
Christy Mathewson 1904 strikeout ball $44,063
Christy Mathewson 1904 Allegheny Card Co.
One of the rarest cards issues in the hobby is The Allegheny Card Co. set of 1904. A graded Christy Mathewson card in PSA excellent-mint 6 condition sold at auction for $10,575.
Christy Mathewson 1910 Allegheny Card Company $10,575
Christy Mathewson Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- All auction results and images courtesy Robert Edward Auctions, LLC, Watchung, New Jersey
- Top image: Christy Mathewson 1914 E145 Cracker Jack baseball card #88 in graded PSA very good-excellent 4 condition $40,600