Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 4/15/2011
The term “iconic” is seldom applied to our National Pastime’s glorious list of nearly 300 Hall of Famers. While all honored members merit some sense of baseball immortality, only a handful of these stars can be designated as baseball’s immortals. Such a player’s stratospheric accomplishments not only surpass statistical expectations, but provide a path of excellence for thousands who follow in their glorious footsteps. Cy Young, the legendary author of baseball’s unbreakable record of 511 lifetime victories, certainly falls in this iconic class to the extent that baseball’s annual award for pitching excellence will forever carry his name. Coincidently, his representation on this miraculous PSA Mint 9 offering is worthy of a hollowed stature reserved for only a few existing cards. This cardboard jewel would leave any avid enthusiast speechless, an artifact so breathtaking, that its sole resting place should be Cooperstown, New York. But what is so incredible about a Cy Young Mint “9” tobacco card? Well, consider this population report data:
· Of the 500+ encapsulated “Bare Hand Showing” Cy Young specimens, NONE have been graded higher with only two other “Mint 9” examples!
· How tough is attaining ANY PSA 9 T206, let alone an example of a legendary Hall of Famer? PSA has currently encapsulated over 125,000 T206’s, with only 0.2% receiving the sanctified “Mint 9” grade!
No baseball player could possibly receive a greater honor than having an award named after him, the ultimate compliment to a player’s lifetime achievements. Yet, when you consider that Denton “Cy” Young won 511 baseball games, pitched over 7,000 innings, won over 20 games fifteen times and 30 games five times, it was a “no-brainer” when the baseball writers of America chose his name to forever represent an annual award for pitching excellence. Considering his incomprehensible statistical achievements, it is only fitting there still exists a handful of remarkable cardboard keepsakes synonymous with his unparalleled legacy. This offering is certainly one of those cards, providing the collector with extraordinary eye pleasing qualities consistent with its original release date over a century ago. Young’s classic follow through pitching motion is vividly registered, with his facial tints, uniform colors and yellow/green background hues as vibrant as the day a cigarette smoker pulled this museum worthy masterpiece from a tobacco pack. So brilliant are the color schemes that they actually enhance Young’s hallowed image to “3-D” like status, and you can almost hear the baseball “pop” into the catcher’s mitt with a ferocity seldom seen from that by-gone era. The image is well centered between four blind white borders, with only a slight partiality towards the left edge. Precision cut right angled corners, razor sharp edging and an astonishing clean surface complete this breathtaking obverse side. The “Piedmont Cigarettes 150 Subjects” reverse side advertisement is, likewise, near pristine, depicting bold and vivid mid-night blue typography affixed to an ultra-clean white surface. It’s unfathomable to imagine this card’s overall aesthetics possibly surpassing Young’s pitching feats, yet one look at this “World Class” highest graded offering would prompt even the finest collector to second that notion!
In summary, all attributes of this card lead to the term “pack fresh”. Every so often the industry come across a card that defies logic, a card so aesthetically breathtaking that even the elite collector gets excited about the opportunity of claiming its ownership. Of the almost 100,000 PSA encapsulated T206s, you should clearly understand why only 13 have achieved “Gem Mint” 10 status because we cannot imagine any card possibly exceeding the pristine nature of this example. Considering that T206 cards of only Cobb, Mathewson, Wagner and Johnson are synonymous with Young’s standing in baseball history with only a handful of these players’ issues residing in “Mint 9” holders, this Cy Young gem is worthy of the highest accolades in the card collecting circuit!
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