Christy Mathewson was without a doubt the first matinee idol athlete. His good looks, education, manners, and flat out talent made him the envy of every boy in America. It is no wonder then that he was photographed quite often in his career. Finding those photographs today though is quite the challenge. There are probably less than thirty images known to exist of Mathewson on the field in action and this is one of the better ones all things considered as it shows the superstar at the height of his career, in full uniform, and demonstrating his hitting motion. Throw in the fact that it was taken by rock star photographer Paul Thompson and you have a gem! Silver gelatin original is quite nice with one extremely tiny spot of damage on the lower extreme and some honest corner wear from handling while the reverse is graced with the all important stamp from Thompson.
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 7.5/10