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    1902-11 W600 Sporting Life (Type 1) Cy Young SGC 70 EX+ 5.5. Few matters in sports are as certain as the immortality of Cy Young's career victories record. Another thought that doesn't challenge the law of probability is would any card collector worth his salt not want a W600 cabinet featuring the man so great they named an award after him. Sporting Life cabinets are on par with the most striking premiums ever produced. The absence of vivid colors fails to lessen their intense visual appeal. Their lack of availability today is easily explained--the cabinets were only available through a mail-in redemption process that severely limited initial distribution. The wide array of dangers awaiting an oversized (5x7.5") paper product over the course of a passing century did the rest. We should be grateful for having the known surviving population.

    Denton "Cy" Young is featured two ways within the W600 universe. A photographic portraiture by esteemed early baseball photographer Carl Horner is one, then there is this formal, but more illustrative portrait that is easily recognized by fans of his immensely rare rookie card from the "Just So" tobacco series which circulated only a decade prior. His central portrait is mesmerizing and without flaw. The points lost are explained by the light corner wear, including two bends at the two right corners. Otherwise, there is truly nothing to suggest its advanced age. Graded SGC 70 EX+ 5.5. As SGC doesn't note the different portraits we can only speculate if this card is the finest example of this style portrait. By any standard of measure, this is a thrilling hobby scarcity that will take the owner's collection to a whole new elevated level of respectability.

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