1909-1911 T206 White Border Cy Young Portrait - Sovereign 350 Back

Sold For: $1,800

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 553

Item Year: 1909

Category: T Tobacco Cards

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Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. 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). This card has very strong eye-appeal. The colors are bright and Young’s image is perfectly focused. The unusual as-printed green background with yellow accents gives this card a particularly striking and distinctive appearance (possibly unique to Sovereign backs; we offered Sovereign back Youngs in 2007 and 2011 with the same background print quality). The card is centered slightly to the right and the corners display light, even corner wear. The reverse is perfectly clean with bold green print against an off-white background. A horizontal crease visible mostly from the reverse accounts for the assigned grade. A very high quality example and a very interesting scarce-back variety of this classic Cy Young card. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

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