Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXV
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/12/2010
When the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team upset the heavily favorite Russian squad, in the final 10 seconds of the game popular commentator Al Michaels forever coined the phrase “Do you believe in miracles”? With that in mind, many cardboard enthusiasts emulate the “faith of a child”, patiently awaiting the appearance of a miraculous artifact that absolutely shatters the hobby world, and this SGC 40/3 W600 Cy Young easily applies as such a specimen. Forget the fact that PSA has currently encapsulated NO such copies and SGC’s census report lists only 5 other examples with a mere two graded higher. Certainly, that alone would justify this offering as an incredible collectible, but this new hobby find just happens to carry the signature of the immortal Cy Young in what quite possibly could be one of his earliest known autographs! Furthermore, the signature applied to this ultra rare cabinet card in black fountain pen reads “D.T. Young”!!! That is correct folks, a “D.T. Young” autograph providing the initials of Young’s birth name “Denton True Young”. When Cy Young was trying out for the Canton Ohio minor league baseball team in the 19th century, his catcher was overwhelmed by his fastball, stating it was “as fast as a cyclone”. Throughout that year, the statement was extensively repeated with baseball followers eventually branding the young right-handed star as “Cy”. Virtually every known Cy Young autograph includes his iconic nickname “Cy”, and we have NEVER encountered one that carries his “D.T.” initials. It is a signature type the immortal hurler only utilized in the 19th and early 20th century, and even the elite collector may never again be afforded the opportunity to even witness one, let alone owning an example. This remarkable relic is also the only recorded W600 cabinet that carries an autograph of ANY illustrious Hall of Famer. A signed W600 cabinet just may be the ultimate obscurity in the sports collectible world since cardboard and signature collecting aspects don’t unite on any turn of the century cabinet specimens. Glancing at this signed Cy Young marvel is synonymous to drawing a red colored “Ace of Spade” in a poker game, Joe Jackson following Babe Ruth in the 1927 Yankees batting order or Joe Namath tossing a game winning touchdown to Dwight Clark in the back of the end zone. Simply stated the coexistence of this signature and card type is unfathomable, making this unprecedented unique masterpiece worthy of the highest accolades, and one of the most astounding hobby finds in existence!
The aesthetics of this unparalleled collectible are consistent with the technical assessment. Cy Young’s classic Carl Horner pose is virtually unscathed, depicting super contrast and registration with only some moderate soiling/foxing situated near the edge of his left eye. Additional soiling/stating/foxing marks are evident around the portrait’s perimeter, the lower border and the reverse side blank back. While the corners reflect handling consistent with a 107 year old card with mild layering near the two lower corners, they still retain some portion of their original square shape and no major creasing is evident. Most significantly, the incomparable black fountain pen “D.T. Young” signature situated below the “DENTON (“CY”) YOUNG” name is completely intact and would grade a solid 7/8. Wow! What more can be said of a vintage relic that carries the signature and classic Carl Horner portrait image of the hallowed Hall of Fame right handed pitcher, Denton True “Cy” Young. His accomplishments will forever be embellished in baseball’s glorious history, and the magnitude of his 511 victories will undoubtedly “echo for eternity”. There are an abundance of Young autographs and vintage cards circulating throughout the memorabilia circuit, but only a handful of the cards represent his W600 cabinet, and perhaps NO other Cy Young signatures carry the virtually impossible “D.T.” initials. At the risk of “skipping a beat”, we are still trying to assess the magnitude of finding a “D.T.” young autograph on what may be his rarest card in existence. Most would agree that practically all of the Cy Young autographs currently in circulation were signed AFTER his playing days via cuts, GPCs, programs, photos or baseballs. We simply cannot recall any pre-1910 Young autographs offered to the general public, justifying why this turn of the century D.T. Young signed museum worthy offering relic is unquestionably a “once in a lifetime” opportunity with unlimited investment potential. Numerous times, enthusiasts and auction houses will boast that their rare collectibles are distinct, yet as time evolves similar examples begin to surface. Fortunately, the scarcity of this uniquely signed D.T. Young W600 cabinet card is undeniable and is, indeed, the SOLE example existing on the planet. Via the final bid, one fortunate collector will be the exclusive owner of this unequivocal “one of a kind” cardboard specimen that is one of Cy Young’s earliest recorded signatures, and will forever be regarded as one of our National Pastime’s most remarkable esoteric artifacts!
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