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Any extremely rare Christy Mathewson artifact from his actual playing days resides as a highly coveted collectible, and no keepsake from that pre-WWI era could be considered scarcer than this extraordinary 1913 Cravats Felt Pennant encapsulated in an SGC (“Auth”) holder. One of the few known copies to exist, we at Goodwin & Company have only seen a single other specimen surface quite some time ago, with this significantly obscure Matty pennant virtually impossible to locate. While little is known of the origin relating to this nebulous 25-subject set, what we do know with 100% certainty is that Mathewson resides as the second most desirable and valuable subject, second only to “Shoeless” Joe Jackson whose pennant was recently discovered along with Lajoie and Plank (no Cobb or Wagner examples are currently known). The “CRAVATS” name appearing in the baseball near the upper edge is an arcane name for a triangular piece of cloth, with these 4-1/4” x 8-7/8” pennants seen in various colors such as orange, purple, red, gray and green. This orange toned “Big Six” relic suffices as one of Mathewson’s most daunting heirlooms to locate, and considering Christy’s place among our National Pastime’s most immortal players, we would expect a myriad of highly advanced enthusiasts to wage a severe battle for its ultimate ownership. The “Christian Gentleman” tallied a National League record 373 wins (tied w/Grover Alexander), while posting a microscopic-like 2.13 lifetime E.R.A. Amazingly, he posted 20 or more victories in 13 consecutive seasons of which four years included 30 victories or more! Yet for all of these incredible achievements, his most unfathomable accomplishment may be his 3 complete game shutouts in the 1905 World Series, prompting Athletics iconic manager Connie Mack to eventually state: “Christy Mathewson is the greatest pitcher I ever saw. It was wonderful to watch him pitch when he wasn’t pitching against you”! Synonymous with that quote is this remarkable rarity that ranks as one of Matty’s most eclectic mementos. Virtually the entire pennant has retained a majority of its original qualities, starting with the classic Mathewson pitching pose affixed beneath the likewise superb ball and bat deign. Atypically, the metal ring reinforcing the top hole punch is completely intact, and the “CRAVATS” white text is completely legible. Mathewson’s hallowed name along with the “GIANYS” typography also portray outstanding condition, and the orange tinted felt surface reveals not a single glaring flaw on either side. The only notable flaw we can locate is a microscopic-like missing piece of felt near the upper left corner tip, with the remainder of the perimeter retaining its original definition. O one would argue that one of the grandest combinations with regard to collectible stature are rarity and Christy Mathewson, more than substantiating why this virtually unattainable Cravats Mathewson keepsake merits the highest hobby accolades!
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Ultra-Scarce 1913 Christy Mathewson Cravats Felt Pennant (SGC “Auth”)  -  Only Encapsulated Example on ANY Professional Grading Services “Pop” Charts & One of the Few Known Existing Copies!

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Minimum Bid: $300.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,242.36
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Friday, September 26, 2014.
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