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1894 N302 Mayo's Cut Plug Football Dunlop - Rare Anonymous (White Back)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $8,225

Graded VG 3 (MK) by PSA. One of only four examples graded by PSA (three are graded VG 3 including this one, and one is graded GOOD 2). Offered is a rare example of one of the most sought after of all football card rarities: the "Anonymous" player card 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. The "Anonymous" player card is one of the three key cards to the set (along with Hinkey and Poe). The card displays Harvard football legend John Dunlop in a portrait pose. Significantly, neither Dunlop’s name nor a team name appears on this extremely rare card, which is the only N302 example without a player or team designation. Dunlop was a star at Harvard, winning four varsity letters, and later became an assistant coach, which adds to the mystery as to why such a well-known individual would be unnamed in the set. Mayo's Cut Plug Football cards, 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 presentable mid-grade example of this extreme rarity, with minor wear to the condition-sensitive edges and corners, a few light surface creases (none of which break the paper), and with a very thin border along the top. The perfectly clean, off-white reverse has the notation “Dunlop – Team of 1893” written in black ink, which justifies the “MK” qualifier by PSA. 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 "Anonymous" player card will always remain one of football-card collecting's key rarities. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $8,225

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