Vintage Signed Mathewson Baseball Sells for $161K

Christy Mathewson autographed ball A single-signed Christy Mathewson baseball sold for $161,000 in Huggins & Scott’s auction which wrapped up early Friday. A pristine Babe Ruth ball and a walk-in childhood collection of high-grade vintage cards were also popular with bidders.

The Matty ball was supposed to have closed Wednesday night but a communications problem with a fiber optics system forced the company to continue the first half of the auction into Thursday night’s scheduled second half.

Bidding stopped at $140,000. With the 15% buyer’s premium, the final selling price was $161,000. The National League John Heydler red-and-blue stitched baseball was signed on the sweet spot by the old-time Hall of Fame pitcher and star of John McGraw’s New York Giant teams of the early 20th century. The signature was scripted with a steel tip fountain pen in black ink.

"A true Christy Mathewson single-signed baseball is among the scarcest of all autographed relics in the industry," H&S wrote in it’s description and that proved to be true.

“This could be the highest price ever paid for a single-signed baseball,” stated Bill Huggins, President of Huggins & Scott Auctions in a news release issued Friday afternoon.

“This Mathewson baseball has to be considered one of the scarcest of all autographs in the industry and is truly a historic piece of sports memorabilia.” Both James Spence Authentications and PSA/DNA authenticated the ball.

The sale garnered a total of $1.7 million in bids.

Babe Ruth autographed baseball An impressive Babe Ruth autographed baseball sold for $40,250. The single-signed Ruth was on a Wilson Official American Association baseball.

Occasionally, a stash of baseball cards will walk into an auction company and Huggins & Scott had such an opportunity when a childhood collection of over 4500 cards was consigned for the auction, much of it described as ‘high grade’. Bidders who viewed the lot at the recent Reading show apparently agreed as it sold for $24,150.

Other items which passed $10,000:

  • Hunter Wieners Gordon Jones on original box $18,400
  • 1967 Bazooka set in flat box (uncut) form $10,350
  • 1934 multi-signed bat presented to Mickey Cochrane $10,350

The Silver Spring, Maryland Auction House holds two auctions annually and features rare sports cards and memorabilia plus interesting traditional Americana items. For the final auction results, visit