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Christy Mathewson (Portrait)

1909-1911 T206 White Border

The T206 set contains a trio of cards featuring one of baseball’s best hurlers. Four times in his illustrious career, Christy Mathewson won 30 or more games with a career-high of 37 in 1908. Mathewson would achieve much of his success with the use of a specialty pitch that was most likened to a screwball. This pitch would fade away from lefties and nip the outside corners on right-handed hitters. With a career ERA of 2.13, it is clear that this pitch was very difficult to hit. Mathewson, like other top HOF players in the set, has more than one pose to choose from. The White Cap variation is considered to be the most difficult of the three Mathewson cards, but the Portrait is the most popular. In addition, the Mathewson Portrait is one of the toughest HOF portraits in the entire set to find in high-grade.

Christopher “Christy” Mathewson

Born: August 12, 1880 - Factoryville, PA
Died: October 7, 1925 - Saranac Lake, NY
Batted: RH
Threw: RH
Position: P
MLB Pitching Record: 373–188
ERA: 2.13
Managerial Record: 164–176

Teams:
New York Giants NL (August 12, 1880 - October 7, 1925)
Cincinnati Reds NL (player-manager: 1916; manager: 1917–1918)

An easy choice for our elite team, Christy Mathewson, the pride of Bucknell College, ranks right behind Walter Johnson as the best pitcher of the era, and one of the top five or six greatest pitchers of all time. With an amazing record of 373–188, 13 twenty-plus win seasons and a 2.13 lifetime earned-run average, Matty could do it all. He actually won 20 or more for twelve straight seasons. Incredible. Christy Mathewson led the league in strikeouts and earned-run average five different times. In 1903 he won 30 games followed by 33 and 31 win seasons the next two years.

Although he played baseball in college, football and basketball were his main sports. Popular and handsome, Mathewson was class president and a member of two fraternities. The summer after his sophomore year at Bucknell, Mathewson pitched in the Virginia League and became an immediate star with his 20 wins by July. The Major Leagues came calling, and Mathewson had a choice between New York and Philly. After a rocky start over his first few seasons, Mathewson settled in and honed his skills. He was known for pitching with control and ease, and was a master of the “fadeaway,” a pitch that is now known as a screwball. Mathewson held the National League pitching title five times between 1905 and 1913, achieving the Triple Crown in 1905 and 1908.

After his stint as manager of the Reds, he enlisted in the United States Army. In 1918, while serving in France, Mathewson was accidently gassed in a training exercise and developed tuberculosis. Although he struggled physically, Mathewson returned to baseball as assistant manager of the Giants. He was hired by owner Judge Emil Fuchs to run the Boston Braves but his health deteriorated and he was forced to return to the tuberculosis hospital. He died soon after in 1925 at the age of 45. Christy Mathewson was part of the first Hall of Fame class of 1936. To this day, he is regarded as the standard for all that is good in our National Pastime. “Big Six” as he was nicknamed was as good as it gets. 

– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players. For more information on their book and/or to order a copy at a special PSA discount, visit http://crackerjackplayers.com/PSA_order.html

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Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
3 NM-MT 8
3 NM-MT 8
3 NM-MT 8
3 NM-MT 8
3 NM-MT 8
3 NM-MT 8
3 NM-MT 8
4 NM+ 7.5 (2)

Prices By Grade

1909-11 T206 SOVEREIGN CHRISTY MATHEWSON PORTRAIT

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10
MINT 9 $185,000.00
NM - MT 8 $40,000.00 4
NM 7 $7,050.00 $12,500.00 12 5
EX - MT 6 $2,745.55 $8,000.00 16 17
EX 5 $5,100.00 $5,100.00 $4,650.00 29 35
VG - EX 4 $2,769.00 $2,058.17 $2,300.00 71 66
VG 3 $1,301.00 $1,468.85 $1,000.00 77 138
GOOD 2 $372.65 $475.00 52 223
FR 1.5 277
PR 1 $1,000.00 $938.88 $235.00 34 277
Auth $408.17 5 313

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