Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXVIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/30/2010
Most card enthusiasts consider the 1910 E98 “Anonymous Candy cards to be one of the most condition sensitive card issues in existence. Locating even a mid-grade example requires the utmost patience among advanced collectors, let alone trying to trace a near mint subject. Courtesy of Goodwin and Company, that painstaking task of uncovering a near mint E98 specimen is over with this absolutely outstanding SGC 84/7 Cy Young now being offered to the general public. Just how tough is locating a near mint E98 Cy Young? Consider that SGC has currently encapsulated 38 examples, with this offering residing as the SOLE highest graded near mint specimen. Indeed, this seldom surfacing Cy Young masterpiece is the highest graded SGC copy in existence!
They named the annual pitching award after the great Cy Young, and this candy card of the legendary right hander, likewise, certainly merits some type of award for high-end cardboard status. 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! The iconic Hall of Famer is still considered by many as the greatest pitcher who ever toed the rubber and via his incredible 511 victories, this notion is arguably correct. The sheer immortality associated with the mere mention of his name inspires a myriad of collectors to collect his most eclectic cardboard relics, with this near mint E98 card one of his finest existing keepsakes.
Remarkable as it might seem, the overall eye appeal of this gem actually EXCEEDS the technical assessment, easily approaching a grade typically reserved for “NM-MT 8” specimen. A flawless pale green background encompasses an incredible near perfect pitching image (inadvertently Irv Young’s picture) depicting a robust array of gray colored hues. Four bright white borders end at razor sharp corners/edges, and the entire image is well centered with only a diminutive “tilt” favoring the upper right corner. The reverse side 30 subject checklist reflects bold print, with only minor toning barely visible to the naked eye situated near the lower edge. We have scoured this card and simply cannot locate any surface blemishes other than the aforementioned reverse side toning.
Rarely do we recommend that a card be resubmitted for re-evaluation, especially when it is a pre-WWI “E” card already assigned a near mint grade. However, the overall breathtaking eye appeal and technical qualities of this virtual “one of a kind” E98 Cy Young are so overwhelming, this just might qualify as a card meriting at least a half-grade uptick (if not one full grade). Yet, the good news is upgrade or not, this offering still resides as the highest graded SGC E98 Cy Young. You cannot add win# 512 to Cy’s lifetime victory total, but you should try your hardest to win one of his most amazing pre-WWI cardboard masterpieces!
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