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    1893 Just So Tobacco Nig Cuppy SGC 60 EX 5. A rare subject from the rarest of 19th Century productions. The association between the "Just So" tobacco brand and baseball took some 70-odd years to present itself. The historical record had to be updated in the 1960's when a very small sampling of the elusive treasures was discovered. It would take the better part of two decades for another precious quantity to be found in 1981, plus what some would call the miracle find in 1989. Even after these three discoveries the total population of baseball theme Just So cards was no more than 15 pieces. Nig Cuppy would remain an uncatalogued entry for almost 100 years as the first known example was part of the 1989 find, a discovery all the more significant as this is the only series in which Nig Cuppy appears on a card. This entry is still only the second known to exist and is by far the finest of the pair, the other being a 30 Good 2. PSA has yet to slab one. George Cuppy (1869-1922) spent 10 years in the majors from 1892 to 1901 and spent nine of those years as the #2 starter behind baseball legend Cy Young. His best season was his first when he went 28-13 with a 2.51 ERA. Moving the pitchers mound a year later seemed to get the best of "Nig" as he was never able to match those rookie season numbers again. The offered copy shows minimal corner wear, almost perfect centering and a well defined central image. Two unobtrusive lines which appear as "scratches" in the image are actually print oddities and not surface damage. A true gem from what most would proclaim the most rare of 19th Century baseball editions. Graded SGC 60 EX 5. As mentioned, by far the finest of only two examples known to exist.

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