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1894 N302 Mayo's Cut Plug Football Frank Hinkey

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $1,645.00

Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA. This is the only example graded at this level, with only one graded higher. High-grade example of legendary Yale end Frank Hinkey in a portrait pose from the highly desirable N302 Mayo's football series. N302 Mayo's Cut Plugs are universally recognized as one of the rarest and most important of all football card sets. They are the very first football card set and the only nineteenth-century card issue devoted exclusively to football. The set features Ivy League college football players of the day. Frank Hinkey is one of the three key cards to the set (along with Poe and the "Anonymous" player card). Hinkey is widely considered the hardest tackler in nineteenth-century football and was voted a four-time first team All-American. Walter Camp, the father of American Football, called him the greatest football player of all time. Hinkey never left the field due to injury, leaving his teammates to refer to him as "The Disembodied Spirit." Condition is very strong for this card, which like their baseball counterparts that are identical in design, are very susceptible to corner and edge wear due to their easily-chipped black borders. This is a very bright and crisp card, with almost no wear to the condition-sensitive edges and corners, centered 20/80 left to right. When it comes to prewar football card collecting, N302 Mayo's Cut Plugs will always be recognized as one of the few most significant sets, and the N302 of Frank Hinkley will always remain one of football-card collecting's key rarities. Reserve $1,000. Reserve (open). SOLD FOR $1,645.00


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