Extremely Rare c.1898 Cy Young Cameo Pepsin Gum Pin – Arguably the Finest Known Example in the Hobby!
Pin-back enthusiasts are going to have to jockey for position and stand in line for this one! Presented here is, arguably, the finest known 1898 Cy Young Cameo Pepsin Gum pin extant, with this celluloid's magnificent obverse side aesthetics presenting itself in NM+ state. Distributed by the renowned Whitehead & Hoag manufacturer near the end of the 19th century, the Cy Young celluloid stands as its most desirable and valuable subject, with the iconic Young revealing an image that was first utilized on his early 1880's Ryder Cabinets. Young is donning his dapper formal attire and portrayed as a member of his then Cleveland Indians club, with this celluloid issued before he would eventually join the Boston Pilgrims.
This stands as one of the few known pre-1900's Cy Young collectibles, with only his M101-1 premium, Just-So Tobacco and aforementioned Ryder cabinets available to the collecting community. Measuring approximately 1.25" in diameter, the iconic Cy Young portrait pose is absolutely breathtaking, with its sepia-toned hues revealing near-perfect contrast and crystal-clear clarity. Bold text reading: "YOUNG – CLEVELAND" is boldly affixed along the upper rim with no glaring flaws evident, including a near immaculate circular rim. The verso's CAMEO PEPSIN GUM – WHITEHEAD & HOAG CO. advertisement is predominately intact, with some modest oxidation/wear evident near the upper and lower regions. Considered extremely rare, of the few Cy Young 1898 pepsin celluloids that have surfaced, absolutely none can boast the near-immaculate obverse side aesthetics of this miraculous offering that arguably residing as the finest known 1898 Cy Young Pepsin pin. It may be quite some time before another one surfaces for the taking, and synonymous with Young's "un-breakable" 511 victory record, it proudly stands tall as one of the most revered and sought-after 19th century celluloids in the hobby!
MIN BID $1,500