Card of the Day: 1909-1911 T206 Piedmont Christy Mathewson

You thought the Nap Lajoie I own was in bad condition, check out this badboy. If this card were out of its SGC graded case, I’d have to wear gloves while holding it because the card appears to have mold spots. But all of this is fine. I mean the card is nearly 100 years old. This is a 1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Christy Mathewson card, one of three cards “Big Six” has in the set, and I am proud to say I own one.

Mathewson was one of the first five players to be inducted into the baseball hall of fame, along with a few guys you might have heard of: Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner and Walter Johnson.

To say Mathewson was one of the best of his time would be an understatement. Look at these career numbers: 17 seasons, 373 wins, 2,500 strikeouts, 4,700 innings pitched, 434 complete games and 79 shutouts. Who the hell does this?

And during the 1905 World Series he pitched THREE complete game shutouts in six days to propel the New York Giants to the title. And people were going ga-ga over CC Sabathia last month? Please.

But here’s a factoid you may not know. Mathewson died from tuberculosis, which he contracted while serving in World War I, at age 45. Yeah, 45, the same age that Randy Johnson is right now.

In closing, here’s a quick quote from Mathewson. This is a great quote, one that can be applied to everything in life.

“You can learn little in victory. You can learn everything from defeat.” — Christy Mathewson

3 Responses to “Card of the Day: 1909-1911 T206 Piedmont Christy Mathewson”

  1. the best pitcher of all time.
    He also served with Ty Cobb in the same said world war

  2. K. Wilson Says:

    I just bought my first T206 card, and maybe last, the “white cap” Mathewson. I bought it like most things when I start, somewhat impulsively, and now feeling guilty. It is GAI poor condition with creases and what looks like a little pencil writing. I never imagined paying so much for so this condition. I paid over $100 for it, but I just found owning a Mathewson card to tempting. I think he was gassed in WWI, which caused the other problems and his death.

  3. Don’t feel bad. You could be me: buying two 2006 bowman chrome Justin Upton rookies on the same day when they were at $160 each. You paid $100 for a turn of the century baseball card of one of the best pitchers to ever play the game. There is no shame in that. If you want you to get your cash back, send me a scan, and I’ll think about taking it off your hands.

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