Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/18/2009
In 1910, the Texas Gum Company in Temple, Tx. issued a 50 card baseball set (similar to the E101 issue) to promote there “Smith’s Mello-Mint Gum”. Ultra-scarce, these subjects include popular images used on various “E” and “T” card issues including such as E90-1, E92, E101, E102, E106, T216, etc. Furthermore, in addition to their extreme rarity, remaining subjects are seldom seen in high grade since the cards were printed on thin stock paper and folder over in gum packages. One of the set’s most popular cards is the Cleveland Indians immortal Hall of Fame right hander Cy Young, presented here in a super eye pleasing SGC 40/3 holder. One of the more elusive pre-WWI “type” cards issues in circulation, this notion is justified by only 3 other Young’s existing at this tier with a mere 4 graded higher!
They named an award after the great Cy Young, and this gum card of the legendary right hander, likewise, certainly merits an award for obscurity. Cy Young established the victory benchmark for all other pitchers, and it is incomprehensible that any pitcher will ever again come close to 511 victories. To place that record in perspective, a pitcher would need to win at least 25 games for 20 consecutive seasons (and still be 11 shy!). This is why collectors scramble to collect his most eclectic cardboard relics, with this “E” card depiction of him as sparse as any other “type” card. Portrayed in a Cleveland uniform, Young’s brilliant pitching delivery pose is set against a bold orange background. The snow white borders are centered towards the left border, and the corners, while moderately worn, still provide a superior aesthetic uniformity. No obtrusive creasing is evident on either side, and the reverse Mello-Mint advertisement is depicted in bold green, set against a clean white background. After thoroughly examining this card, we are still perplexed as to why it did not achieve a higher grade. However, as is the case with many century old artifacts, there might be a microscopic flaw that escapes the naked eye, justifying the technical assessment. Nevertheless, of the utmost significance to vintage enthusiasts is the critical eye appeal associated with the card, which in this case supersedes the technical grade. Cy Young cannot add another victory to his staggering 511 lifetime total, but you can emulate the incomparable Young by claiming a win of your own via the final bid on this incredible century old masterpiece!
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