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    Forever Young!

    1911 T205 Sweet Caporal Gold Border Cy Young PSA NM-MT 8. "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 legendary hurler's unimpeachable credentials, 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.

    The iconic pitcher would record the last of his staggering tally the year this card was hatched from a pack of Sweet Caporal cigarettes, and nearly eleven decades later the remarkable survivor remains true to the adjective printed at lower left: Young. The delicate beauty of the eponymous gold borders remains virtually untouched by the clumsy hands of time, elevating the relic to solitude at the PSA NM-MT 8 level, bested only once.


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