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Over 120 Christy Mathewson Artifacts Available for Auction

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Hunt Auctions is presenting a significant collection of Christy Mathewson memorabilia, featuring more than 120 items from the baseball Hall of Famer’s career and personal life. This collection includes unique artifacts like his military gear and personal correspondence, highlighting his multifaceted legacy.

An extensive collection of Christy Mathewson memorabilia is now open for bidding at Hunt Auctions, offering fans and collectors a unique glimpse into the life of one of baseball's most revered figures. Originally donated to Keystone College by Mathewson's widow in 1967, this collection includes an array of items that tell the story of both his professional achievements and personal hardships.

Christy Mathewson, famed for his role as a pitcher with the New York Giants, is celebrated not just for his 373 career wins and 2,500 strikeouts, but also for his exemplary character and leadership on and off the field. Before joining the majors, Mathewson shone as a multi-sport athlete at Keystone and later at Bucknell University, where he was also class president.

The items at auction provide a tangible connection to Mathewson's storied career, including a Carl Horner framed cabinet photo from 1904, expected to command between $50,000 and $100,000. Additional photographs up for auction capture moments from his baseball card imagery and team affiliations, such as his time with the 1900 Norfolk Phenoms.

Mathewson's service in World War I, where he was tragically exposed to nerve gas during a chemical warfare training exercise, is represented by several pieces of his military memorabilia. These include his doughboy jacket and a footlocker with his handwritten ID, both of which could attract bids exceeding $25,000. His map case, officer’s hat, and a leather uniform belt, also marked with his name, are featured, highlighting his brief but impactful military stint.

David Hunt, President of Hunt Auctions, noted the collection's historical importance, stating, “The Mathewson Collection is perhaps the most significant grouping of its type ever offered to the public, especially rare for memorabilia from the Deadball Era.”

The auction also includes personal letters, such as one sent to a young fan requesting an autograph, which carries an estimate of $10,000-$15,000. These letters provide a deeper insight into Mathewson's thoughtful nature and his awareness of his role model status, something he cherished deeply.

This auction, closing with a live event on June 4, presents a rare opportunity to acquire pieces from the personal collection of one of baseball’s iconic figures, providing both sentimental and historical value to potential bidders.

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