Circa 1910 Cy Young Tobacco Tin

Sold For: $2,963

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1020

Item Year: 1910

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Extremely rare and exceptionally high-grade example of the Cy Young Tobacco tin. The Cy Young Cigar tin is one of only two early tobacco tins which feature the likeness of a specific baseball player. The other is the legendary Ty Cobb Tobacco tin. The cylindrical tin features a portrait of Cy Young on each side, surrounded by small baseball illustrations on the side of each portrait, as well as the words "By Permission of Cy Young," with "Cy Young" appearing as a facsimile signature. A small box on the side indicates that the cigars were "manufactured to retail at not more than 5 cents." It is likely that this tin actually sat on the counter of the cigar store dispensing cigars one at a time as well as helping to sell entire tins of 50 cigars at a time. The Cy Young tobacco tin is one of the most outstanding and attractive baseball advertising display pieces of the era, and one of the few to feature the likeness of the great Cy Young. Few advertising items are as well known outside of baseball collecting circles. Like the Ty Cobb Tobacco tin, the Cy Young tin is valued not just in the baseball world, but is also highly prized of all tins in the (non-baseball) advertising and tobacco-tin field. This is an extremely high-grade example for any early tobacco tin. Although there are a few small scattered areas of minor rusting (which is almost always the case with early tins), including a long, diagonal scratch on one side, both the design fields and portraits of Cy Young are free of any significant flaws. In Excellent condition overall. This is an outstanding example of this significant rarity. Dimensions: 5 inches in height and diameter. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $2,963

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