Cy Young’s career began before big league players wore gloves in the field. It lasted long enough that he pitched against a player who was still active in 1930. Along the way, he threw the first pitch in modern World Series history and set multiple records.
He first appeared in the 1893 Just So Tobacco issue, an ultra-scarce set that gives us a glimpse of him in his prime. When the T206 set and others tobacco and candy issues came out more than a decade later, he was in his 40s but still adding to his remarkable career totals.
The Ohio farm boy was quite a talent. They don’t name awards in baseball after you for nothing. Pitching for Boston on September 22, 1911, he won his 511th–and final–game, beating the Pirates at Forbes Field, 1-0.
When it comes to the titans of the game, Denton True Young is in the starting lineup. Remarkably, he’s sometimes overlooked in the memorabilia market. Young lived a long time. He was still signing autographs in the 1950s so they aren’t the most valuable of all baseball signatures, although interest is strong.
His baseball cards are relatively few, and if you’re a fan of baseball history they are available and hard to resist. Click here for a look at investing in Cy Young.