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1895 N300 Mayo's Cut Plug PSA- and SGC-Graded Near-Complete Set (46 of 48)

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $14,220

Presented is a near-complete set of forty-six cards (out of forty-eight in the set) from the N300 Mayo's Cut Plug baseball issue, one of the most important baseball-card sets of the 1890s. Few cards were issued between the 1880s era of Old Judges and the 1910 tobacco-card bonanza. Without question, the premier issue of the decade is the N300 Mayo’s Cut Plug set of 40 players plus 8 variations for a total of 48 cards. There are two types of cards: Type 1 features players in uniform and type 2 features players pictured in street clothes. There are eight variations in the set related to player uniforms and team designations. Mayo felt it necessary to update eight of the uniformed subjects due to trades and team changes. This suggests that Mayos were produced and distributed over perhaps a two-year period (1894 and 1895) as opposed to only one year. This near-complete set is missing only two team variations for completion: Brouthers (Louisville) and Kinslow (no team).

All the cards have been professionally graded by SGC except for ten PSA and one BVG (Beckett). Condition Report: Two EX 60: Lowe and Pfeffer - Retired. One VG/EX 50: Pfeffer - 2nd Base. Three VG 40: Griffin, Kinslow - Pittsburgh, and Ryan (PSA VG 3). One GOOD+ 2.5: Joyce (PSA). Eight GOOD 30: Clarkson (HOF), Corcoran, Daly, Glasscock - Pittsburgh (PSA GOOD 2[MC]), Haddock - Philadelphia (PSA GOOD 2), Lovett, Robinson (HOF), and Smith. Five FAIR 20: Dahlen, Duffy (HOF), Haddock - No Team, Kennedy, and Ward - Retired. Nine POOR 10: Abbey, Bannon, Cartwright, Cross (PSA PR 1), Ewing - Cincinnati (HOF, PSA PR-FR 1), McCarthy (HOF), Stocksdale, Rusie - name correct (HOF, BVG POOR 1), and Ward - 2nd Base (HOF). Seventeen Authentic: Anson (HOF, PSA), Brouthers - Baltimore (HOF, PSA), Delehanty (HOF), Ewing - Cleveland (HOF, skinned), Foutz, Ganzel, Glasscock - Louisville, Hallman, Hamilton (HOF), Latham, Long, Murphy, Nash, Nichols (HOF), Rusie - name incorrect (HOF, skinned), Shindle, and Tucker. Many of the cards graded "Authentic" are extremely attractive, presenting as Vg to Ex, but have been trimmed or retouched with black ink along the edges.

Mayos appear to have been targeted primarily for a New England audience as a full 25% of the subjects were with the Boston Nationals while the more glorified Baltimore Orioles, pennant winners in 1894 and 1895, were represented by only two players (Dan Brouthers and Wilbert Robinson). While the issue fails to include such notables as Willie Keeler, John McGraw, Hughie Jennings, Joe Kelley, Sam Thompson, and Cy Young, included are many players who do not appear in any other baseball-card issue, and for most players this is the only set they appear in from the 1890s. It is very rare that such a large group of these early classics is offered at a single time. This is the most complete set of N300 Mayo's we have ever offered. This near-complete set has been consigned by an extremely diligent collector who spent years tracking down each individual card, including fifteen of the sixteen Hall of Famers featured within the set. Also included are three companion pieces, which he displayed alongside his set, consisting of a large Mayo's Cut Plug tin (8 by 4 by 5 inches), a smaller Constellation Cut Plug tin, issued by Mayo's (4.5 by 3.25 by 1.5 inches), and a Mayo's Cut Plug tobacco pouch (3.5 by 4.5 by 1 inches). These three pieces remain in Good to Very Good condition with natural signs of aging present. This is an extremely pleasing near-complete set of this classic nineteenth-century issue, in modest technical grade, with several notable highlights and three desirable companion pieces. The total SMR value for just twenty-eight of the cards (factoring in the six half grades at the lower whole-grade level and not including either the seventeen cards encapsulated "Authentic" or the one qualified card!) is $9,995. Total: 46 cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000. SOLD FOR $14,220

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