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    1911 T205 Gold Border Piedmont Cy Young PSA NM-MT+ 8.5. "Too many pitchers," an elderly Cy Young lectured a reporter for The Sporting News before the start of the 1951 season. "That's all. There are just too many pitchers. Ten or twelve on a team. Don't see how any of them get enough work. Four starting pitchers and one relief man ought to be enough. Pitch 'em every three days and you'd find they'd get control and good, strong arms." But despite the unimpeachable credentials of the advisor, the baseball world would continue to trend in the opposite direction as the decades passed until the rare complete game was seen as a charming old relic amidst a tangle of various starters, middle relief, set-up men and closers.

    Though Young's public lamentations of pitcher coddling were undoubtedly heartfelt, he must have realized on some level that the movement toward decreasing workloads had cemented his legacy, and ensured that his career record of 511 Major League victories would endure eternally. It has been over a quarter century since the last 25+ victory season was posted, with Oakland A's right hander Bob Welch earning the 1990 American League Cy Young Award for the feat. Had he begun his career with that performance, then repeated it each season for two decades, Welch would still have come up a bit short. Young's career victories record is widely, and properly, considered the most untouchable in American sport.

    Presented is a Young commemorative that likewise finds itself unsurpassed in achievement, the sole inhabitant at the NM-MT+ 8.5 rung of the PSA population ladder, with none above. The gold border that serves as the issue's most recognizable trait is likewise its Achilles' heel, amplifying even the slightest edge and corner wear. But such faults are absent here, leaving this gorgeous relic effectively unchanged from the date of its production. A fitting tribute to the undisputed heavyweight champion of the Major League mound.


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