Early 1914 Cy Young Signed Handwritten Letter on a R. C. Williams Cy Young Postcard! - PSA/DNA

Sold For: $5,700

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1481

Item Year: 1914

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Offered here is the ultimate Cy Young signed item: a 1908 R. C. Williams Cy Young postcard featuring a Cy Young handwritten letter from 1914 on the reverse! Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, with the signature certified as "Authentic." This is the ONLY R. C. Williams Cy Young postcard we have ever seen signed by Young. It is also the earliest Cy Young letter we have ever handled, and we cannot recall having seen an earlier example. The front of the card pictures an aging Cy Young as a member of the Boston Red Sox, with the caption below reading "Cy Delivering the Goods." "Copyright by R. C. Williams 1908" is printed in the lower right corner. Young must have liked the postcard, because a few years later, in 1914, he used one to write a short note to "Mr. and Mrs. Dr. F. W. Whiting of Elgin, Oregon." His letter, written in black fountain pen on the reverse, reads "Dear Dr. I am having a good time, I have 5 little lambs. I am learning to drive. Neva have you met a mule team with three cans of milk or white paint. Lately feeling fine. Will write you a line one of these days. Regards to all. Cy Young." Both the text and Young's signature grade "7" overall. The postcard is postmarked "May 4, 1914 Peoli Ohio." Young retired in 1911 after twenty-two seasons in the majors, but, as evidenced here, he was obviously enjoying life on his farm in Peoli. It is especially humorous to hear of Young learning to drive at the age of 47, but automobiles were only just beginning to replace horses and trains as the standard method of transportation at that time. As mentioned earlier, this is an extremely early Cy Young letter and we cannot remember the last time we saw one that predates it. Nearly all of the Young letters in the hobby date from the late 1930s and 1940s, after he had been inducted into the Hall of Fame. It was only then that fans began regularly corresponding with him, normally in request of his autograph. The fact that this letter is on a 1908 R. C. Williams postcard (which is listed in the Standard Catalog and is a collectible in its own right), only adds to its appeal. The postcard (5.5 x 3.5 inches) displays minor chipping along the front borders, moderate handling wear, including a few light creases, and a small stain in the upper left corner (more noticeable on the reverse. In Good to Very Good condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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