Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XXI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/8/2009
In 1909, three candy manufactures (Dockman & Sons, Crofts Candy and Crofts Cocoa) used the same 40 baseball player checklist to advertise their candy brands. One of the tougher issues to surface 100 years later is the Croft’s Candy distribution. Advanced collectors scramble to locate any players with the Crofts Candy back advertisement, but when a player of Cy Young’s magnitude becomes available, any enthusiast takes notice. With that in mind, we are proud to present Cy Young’s 1909 Croft’s Candy E92 card in a very eye pleasing SGC 30/2. This card includes the “black back” print color (as opposed to blue and red). Currently, SGC has only encapsulated 8 total examples (with PSA having only graded 4 specimens)! They named an award after the great Cy Young, and this candy card of the legendary right hander, likewise, certainly merits some type of rarity award. Cy Young established the benchmark for all other pitchers to chase. It is unfathomable to think about winning over 500 games in today’s game. To put in perspective, that would mean winning at least 25 games for 20 consecutive seasons….I don’t think so! This is why collectors scramble to collect his most eclectic and cherished cardboard relics, with this “E” card depiction of him included on almost all want lists. Portrayed in a Boston uniform, Young’s pitching delivery image set against a bold orange background is flawless, reflecting superior contrast as well as a splendid blend of colorful hues. The relatively clean white borders are centered 60/40 towards the lower left, and fine edging encompasses the perimeter. The corners, while rounded, provide the viewer with a superb eye pleasing uniformity and no major creasing is evident. The technical grade is due to a small area of paper loss on the lower reverse side of the card. Yet, excluding this blemish, the offered example easily presents aesthetics synonymous with a VG card. You cannot add win# 512 to Cy’s lifetime victory total, but you should try your hardest to win what is one of his more eclectic cardboard gems!
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