Christy Mathewson was photographed hundreds of times on the diamond, and among all those photographs people have debated for years which ones is the BEST. While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we know which one was Matty's personal favorite! Thanks to a previously found example of this photo we discovered and sold in June 2015, Charles Conlon himself has given us that information as he noted on the other example, "Christy Mathewson HIS FAVORITE PHOTO". Conlon would know! He was the first photographer to show up on the field in 1904 and capture the stars of the diamond and his subject was Mathewson and the Giants. They developed a friendship and would have spent hours and hours talking about all things including photography. For Conlon to state unequivocally that this photo was Mathewson's favorite means that Matty told him so! The photo is a classic image in full uniform from the height of his career (c. 1913) and was used for countless publications and even some baseball cards. This is a c. 1930's-1940's example off the original negative and in great shape with note to some artistic die-cutting but it presents well. A rarity from Charles Conlon and one that we have only seen a handful of times in original form.
Designation: Vintage 3
Overall Grade: 8/10