Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. Every player has his classic card and for Cy Young, to many, it is his T206 portrait set against a dark green background. It is one of the most recognizable of all vintage cards and one of the most popular cards in the entire T206 set. The offered example is noteworthy as the reverse has an advertisement for Sovereign Cigarettes. Sovereign backs are unusual and very scarce, though not in the same league as the rarest of T206 backs (such as Lennox, Uzit, or Drum). The unusual as-printed green background with yellow accents gives this card a particularly striking and distinctive appearance (possibly unique to Sovereign backs; we have offered other Sovereign back Young's with the same background print quality). Crisp and clean, with bright colors and excellent registration. The card is very well centered, with a very slight natural diamond cut. Light corner wear and a small crease account for the assigned grade. The reverse displays bold green print against an off-white background, with a bit of excess green print visible. A very high quality example and a very interesting scarce-back variety of this classic Cy Young card. Reserve $400. Estimate $1,000+.
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