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Cy Young
(b. March 29, 1867 - d. November 4, 1955)
Cy Young won 511 games, which is 94 victories more than runner-up Walter Johnson. In a career that bridged three decades and several eras of play, Cy was consistently superb. Blessed with speed, control, stamina, and just about every quality a successful pitcher needs, Young won 20 or more games 15 times, including nine seasons in a row from 1891 to 1899. He led his league in victories four times, and in ERA, winning percentage, and strikeouts twice each. Cy is also first on the complete-game list with 749 and innings pitched list with 7,355. When they decided to give an award to the season's top pitcher, they named it after Young.
 
Inducted in 1937
 
 
1909 T206 Hindu Cy Young SGC 20 FAIR
     
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Comments: It's always been T206 for Cy Young, having first purchased a PSA 2 in April, 2003 off eBay. I upgraded to a SGC 40 example with another eBay win in March, 2004. That card was sold and I purchased a replacement PSA 3 in July, 2004. The following year I went to The National in Chicago and came across a GAI 2 T206 with a Hindu reverse at Wayne Varner's table (Shoebox Cards). I had never seen a Young with this rare back and knew the card was mine. I was a little worried about it being in a GAI holder but the card looked legit. I purchased the card along with my concerns. Two years later SGC confirmed the card was good. It was crossed over at the 2007 National on August 6th and encapsulated in a SGC 20 holder.
   
Card Details Below:  
Year(s): 1909
ACC Set Designation: T206
Set Name: Hindu Cigarettes
Country: United States
Description: The nearly 525 cards which make up the T206 set are the most popular of the early tobacco issues. Players are depicted in color lithographs surrounded by a white border. The player's last name on the -7/16" X 2-5/8" cards appears at the bottom with the city and league, when a city had more than one team. Backs contain an ad for one of 16 brands of cigarettes. There are 389 major leaguer cards and 134 minor leaguer cards in the set, but with front/back varieties the number of potentially different cards runs into the thousands. The set features many expensive cards including a number of pose and/or team variations.
 
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