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1892 N311 Mayo's Cut Plug "Shakespeare Characters" SGC-Graded Complete Set (20)
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,540.50
Complete set of twenty N311 Mayo's Cut Plug "Shakespeare Characters" cards, all graded and encapsulated by SGC (all submitted by REA). Rarely offered high-grade complete set of these colorful tobacco cards, with six cards ranging from Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt, four cards from Ex to Ex+, three cards from Vg-Ex to Vg-Ex+, three Vg, and four lesser. This is an extremely strong set across the board. The SGC grades are as follows: Two NM 84: Juliet and Shylock. Four EX/NM 80: Catherine of Arragon, Desdemona, Iago, and Romeo. One EX+ 70: Marc Antony. Three EX 60: Beatrice, Lady Macbeth, and Sir John Falstaff. One VG/EX+ 55: Hamlet: Two VG/EX 50: Cleopatra and King Lear. Three VG 40: Henry VIII, Othello, and Portia. One GOOD+ 35: Malvolio. Two GOOD 30: Ophelia and Titania. One FAIR 20: Brutus. Issued with Mayo Cut Plug tobacco, each card features a beautifully rendered multicolor illustration of a character from one of Shakespeare's classic works. The backs of the cards are blank. This issue is highly prized by nineteenth-century nonsport tobacco-card collectors and also quite scarce (this is the first complete set we can recall ever offering). Total: 20 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,540.50
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