Rare Cy Young cabinet card on deck at July 17 auction

This cabinet card photo represents Cy Young’s rookie card. The right-handed pitcher is pictured in a Cleveland Spiders uniform of the 1890s. Grey Flannel Auctions image

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – One of only two known 1891 John H. Ryder Cy Young cabinet cards is a highlight of a major sports memorabilia auction being conducted by Gray Flannel Auctions. The sale will conclude July 17. The rare image of Cleveland’s Cy Young, the winningest pitcher in baseball history, was unearthed recently from an album that was found in a factory almost 65 years ago.

The consignor had no idea of the rarity or even the contents found inside, according to Grey Flannel Auctions. This rookie-era cabinet photo of Cy Young is possibly the first image ever produced of Young in a major league uniform. This specific image of Young has been seen on a rare 1891 Cleveland Spiders team composite baseball schedule display, dating its origin to his first full season in professional baseball and warranting serious consideration as his true rookie issue. The card has been encapsulated and graded by PSA/DNA. An incredibly rare relic of one of baseball’s all-time legends, Lot #1 had a high bid of $27,8157 as of July 5.

Denton “Cy” Young, a native Ohioan, spent 22 seasons in the major leagues (1890-1911), amassing 511 wins. He had 16 seasons of 20 or more wins, 76 shutouts, and three no-hitters including a perfect game. It’s little wonder the Cy Young Award is presented to the top pitcher in both the American and National League after every season.

John H. Ryder operated a professional photography studio on Superior Street in Cleveland in the 1890s.

More than 1,000 generously illustrated, premium-quality lots, including game-used items, are now available to peruse and bid on at www.GreyFlannelAuctions.com.