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Circa 1910 Cy Young Tobacco Tin Color-Process Proof
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $960
Original color process proof used in the production of the circa 1910 Cy Young tobacco tin. This color-process proof (16 x 9 inches), produced on a standard illustrator's board, represents a stage in the development of the final design, and is one of a few different proof production sheets for the Cy Young tobacco tin that were used by the manufacturer in its creation. Each is unique. All originate long ago from the fabled Barry Halper Collection. The color process proof seen here is identical to that used on the finished tin, with Young's finely detailed portrait image tinted in blue. Editorial pencil notations indicate a slight change in size for the main label, as well as the number and nature of prints needed for certain aspects of the design. The Cy Young Tobacco tin was one of only two early tobacco tins to feature the likeness of a specific baseball player (the other is the legendary Ty Cobb Tobacco tin) and one of the few advertising items to feature the likeness of the great Cy Young. Few advertising items are as well known outside of baseball collecting circles. Like the Ty Cobb Tobacco tin, the Cy Young tin is valued not just in the baseball world, but is also highly prized in the (non-baseball) advertising and tobacco-tin field. As such, this artwork has great appeal to a variety of different collectors and would make a tremendous companion piece to the actual Cy Young tobacco tin. The piece displays light handling wear consistent with its age and former use. In Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $960
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