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1895 N300 Mayo's Cut Plug Near-Complete SGC-Graded Set (46/48)
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $24,000
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 forty players plus eight variations for a total of forty-eight 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: Glasscock (Louisville) and Haddock (no team). All the cards have been professionally graded by SGC except for ten PSA.
Condition Report: One EX 60: Haddock - Philadelphia. Two VG/EX+ 55: Latham and Murphy. Four VG/EX 50: Ewing - Cincinnati (HOF, PSA), Ganzel, Griffin, and Hamilton (HOF, PSA). Five VG 40: Brouthers - Baltimore (HOF, PSA), Duffy (HOF), Glasscock - Pittsburgh, Kennedy, and Ward - 2nd Base (HOF). Eleven GOOD 30: Abbey, Bannon, Cartwright, Corcoran, Delehanty (HOF), Ewing - Cleveland (HOF), Kinslow - No Team (PSA), Kinslow - Pittsburgh, Nash, Robinson (HOF), and Shindle (PSA). Eight FAIR 20: Daly, Foutz, McCarthy (HOF), Pfeffer - 2nd Base, Rusie - name correct (HOF), Ryan, Smith, and Tucker. Thirteen POOR 10: Anson (HOF), Brouthers - Louisville (HOF), Clarkson (HOF), Cross, Dahlen, Hallman, Joyce, Lovett, Lowe, Nichols (HOF), Pfeffer – Retired, Stocksdale, and Ward - Retired. Two Authentic: Long and Rusie - name incorrect (HOF).
Mayos appear to have been targeted primarily to a New England audience as a full twenty-five percent 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 all sixteen Hall of Famers featured within the set. This is an extremely pleasing near-complete set of this classic nineteenth-century issue, with several notable highlights and many of the modestly graded examples presenting with an appearance superior to their technically accurate assigned grades. The equivalent SMR value for forty-four of the forty-six cards (factoring in the ten half grades at the lower whole-grade level and not including either of the two cards encapsulated as "Authentic") is $25,760. Total: 46 cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$20,000+.
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