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Lot # 134 (134 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1895 N300 Mayo's Cut Plug George Haddock - "No Team on Shirt" Variation

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $420

Graded VG 40 by SGC. Pitcher George Haddock with no team name on shirt. This is a very interesting and noteworthy card in the Mayo set. Haddock's card was issued two ways: one with the team name "Philadelphia" on his shirt and the other identifying him with no team on his shirt. This is the rarer "no team on shirt" variety. Haddock began the 1894 season with the Philadelphia Nationals, and finished the season with the Washington Nationals, before retiring from the majors after the 1894 season. The artwork on this card was revised after Haddock left Philadelphia. The fact that there is no team name at all, as opposed to lettering reading "Washington" added to his shirt, suggests that it may not have been clear what team he was on when the design of this card was revised, and that Mayo decided to include him in the set anyway without an assigned team affiliation. Very close inspection of Haddock's jersey on the "no team name" card reveals the slightest hint of several letters of the team name "Philadelphia," which has been intentionally removed from Haddock's shirt by Mayo. This card confirms that the N300 series was issued over two years (1894 and 1895). This is a very attractive example, with a strong image, clean surface and image, perfect contrast, four sharp corners, and only light wear to the delicate black borders. Clean reverse, with a few tiny specs of excess paper on the bottom edge. SGC and PSA population reports have not in the past properly broken out the Haddock "no team name" variation. If we had accurate population reports for this card, we suspect they would show that this variation of Haddock is particularly rare. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $420

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