Presented here is just about as nice a Christy Mathewson cut as we've ever seen—or could possibly imagine. Matty clearly took his precious time, executing an elegant jet-black "9" signature in fountain pen, with the ultimate additional inscription in his own hand: "New York Base Ball Club." No hurried stadium signature, this. Rather, the 4-3/4" x 1-3/4" cut has the distinguished look of a book plate or a handwritten-letter salutation. Indeed, of all the stunning autographs in the Charles Evers Collection, there is none finer than this fresh-to-the-hobby gem from one of the game's most beloved tragic figures. Mathewson of course died of tuberculosis in 1925, at the age of 45, due to respiratory complications from his exposure to nerve gas in World War I. EX frontal display appearance with minor tape on reverse. Full LOA from JSA.
The Charles Evers Autograph Collection
It is with pride and pleasure that we present the first installment of the Charles Evers Autograph Collection. Highlighted by Mathewson, Ruth, Gehrig and more, this impressive sampling is only a taste of what the Evers Collection has to offer in our future auctions.
Charles "Chuck" Evers was born in Queens, NY, in 1939. He was introduced to baseball early in life. Although Chuck attended a random Dodgers, Giants, or later Mets game—his allegiance was quickly aligned with the Yankees. But, he had a passion for the game and appreciated a good player from any team.
An only child, Chuck’s parents encouraged his habit and took him on road trips to Cooperstown for Hall of Fame Weekend, to Florida to catch an early glimpse of teams at spring training, and of course to Yankee games. He researched addresses and often corresponded with HOFers. It was a different time back then—players were happy to be remembered and on many occasions Chuck was invited to visit with them at their homes. From the 1960s through the 1980s, Chuck was permitted into the Yankee dressing room on Old Timers Day. On those occasions, he collected autographs from both the current and former players.
Chuck worked visits to major and minor league stadiums and games into every business trip and family vacation. His annual pilgrimage to Cooperstown for HOF Weekend with his wife, children and grandchildren in tow continued into Charles’ early 70s. On these visits, he was never without a pen, ball, and paper. His kids fondly remember wandering around the Otesaga Hotel with Chuck during HOF Weekends—spotting Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford having drinks in the bar, or Frank Frisch, Red Ruffing and Zach Wheat reminiscing in the lobby. Chuck was never more alive than when on the hunt for an autograph.
The Evers family hopes this collection will find new homes with collectors who share Chuck’s love of the game and its greatest players!