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    Population three, none higher!

    1909-11 T206 Cy Young Bare Hand Shows PSA Mint 9. "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, one of only three in this "Bare Hand Shows" format (and one of four in any variation) to achieve a Mint 9 rating by the expert graders at PSA. In order to provide a sense of proportion, we note that fewer than 300 cards from the entirety of the T206 issue have summited this plateau in nearly 200,000 submissions to the service, placing this offering in the top 99.85% on quality alone.

    Signs of wear are effectively absent, leaving us to wonder if it is the slight westerly centering shift that bars entry to a thirteen-member clubhouse of Gem Mint 10 T206 examples. A truly stunning example of one of the leading figures from the hobby's most beloved tobacco issue.


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