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There are cylindrical tobacco tins, and then there are Cy-lindrical tobacco tins! This empty vessel of "Cy Young Mild Havana Blend" features two prominent portraits of the 511-game winner (identical to his T206 card and other contemporary issues). Also displayed are Young’s facsimile signature, a fitting battery-duo scene and shimmering gold design elements of both a bat-and-glove design and a pair of swastikas—that ancient good-luck symbol later co-opted by the Nazis. The 5-1/8"-tall, 5-1/8"-diameter tin was produced by the Heekin Can Co. of Cincinnati and exhibits VG/EX condition. Despite the incidental bumps of a century’s handling and storage, it thankfully has never succumbed to rust at any of the small spots where the original decoration has given way to the metal construction beneath. What’s more, the interior has been nearly flawlessly protected. Historically, Cy Young and Ty Cobb are recognized as the only two players of the early-20th-century period to appear on their very own tins, thus rendering both ultra-rarities as the most sought-after pinnacle acquisitions for every aspiring collector of sports—or even non-sport-specific—tobacco tins.
Turn-of-the-Century Cy Young Tobacco Tin
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