Adirondack National Bank check, 6.5 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Mathewson, "Christy Mathewson," payable to Bucknell University for $121, October 13, 1924. In fine condition, with two light vertical folds and minor staining. Mathewson made a name for himself while attending Bucknell from 1898 to 1902, where he starred on the football team as a fullback and punter—he made the 1900 All-America football team as Walter Camp proclaimed him to be 'the greatest drop-kicker in intercollegiate competition.' He also pitched for the baseball team and played center on the basketball team, though he earned less renown in these areas. Even after his enormously successful professional baseball career, Mathewson maintained strong ties to his alma mater, as evidenced by this check. By this time in his life, Mathewson had contracted tuberculosis and moved to the frigid climate of Sarnac Lake, New York, where he sought respite at the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium. He passed away a year later, and was laid to rest at Lewisburg Cemetery in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, adjacent to his beloved Bucknell University. Elevating price history demands some mention here as a different PSA 9 example sold in 2018 for nearly $21,000 confirming the hobby's escalating demand for autograph grading, especially in the area of its most highly valued collectibles. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, with the bold signature graded "MINT 9."
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