1894 N302 Mayo's Cut Plug Football SGC-Graded Near-Complete Set (34/35)

Sold For: $14,400

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1796

Item Year: 1894

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Offered are thirty-four different of the thirty-five cards in the 1894 Mayo's Cut Plug Football set, one of rarest and most important of all football-card sets and the only nineteenth-century card issue devoted exclusively to football. The set is missing only the legendary rarity "Anonymous - Dunlop" for completion. Mayo's Football cards are rarely seen offered in complete or near-complete sets. N302 Mayo's Cut Plugs are considered by many to be one of rarest of all nineteenth-century tobacco-card issues. The set features Ivy League college football players of the day. 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 an extremely attractive set, mostly in very high grade (for this issue). SGC Grading Composite: EX+ 70 (2 cards): Crowdis/Princeton and Murphy/Yale. EX 60 (9 cards): Adee/Yale, Brown/Princeton, Grey/Harvard, Holly/Princeton, Mackie/Harvard, Stillman/Yale, Taylor/Princeton, Trenchard/Princeton, and Wheeler/Princeton. VG/EX 50 (10 cards): Acton/Harvard, Armstrong/Yale, Beale/Harvard, Burt/Princeton, Butterworth/Yale, Emmons/Harvard, Gouterman/Harvard, Greenway/Yale, Hickock/Yale, and Ward/Princeton. VG 40 (3 cards): Poe/Princeton, Waters/Harvard, and Wrightington/Harvard. GOOD 30 (6 cards): Beard/Yale, Hinkey/Yale, Lea/Princeton, Manahan/Harvard, McCrea/Yale, and Thorne/Yale. FAIR 20 (2 cards): Morse/Princeton and Riggs/Princeton. POOR 10 (2 cards): Barnett/Princeton and Brewer/Harvard. This is a gorgeous set! The set has been assembled over a period of years by an extremely dedicated, condition-conscious advanced collector with (as can easily be seen) an eye for all condition factors. N302 Mayo's Cut Plug Football usually surface just a few or even one card at a time. This is a rare opportunity to acquire the complete set (minus one) of this extremely desirable nineteenth-century issue. Total: 34 cards. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+++.

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