Autographed 1895 N300 Mayo Hugh Duffy

Sold For: $3,231

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 972

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This 1895 N300 Mayo Cut Plug tobacco card of Hall of Famer Hugh Duffy has been beautifully signed in ink by Duffy ("8") in the background above his image. Very few cards from this era were ever signed by ballplayers. It was a very uncommon practice in the "old days," but fortunately a few autograph collectors did occasionally use cards for signing, usually when photographs were not available. This is the earliest traditional baseball card we have ever seen signed on the front by any player. Duffy's signature was always highly sought after by collectors, especially during the last ten years of his life, but we can't imagine that too many collectors ever had an 1895 Mayo Cut Plug baseball card of Duffy to present for signing. Duffy was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1945, and died on October 19, 1954, in Boston. His legendary .438 season in 1894 represents the highest single-season batting average for any player ever. For his career, Duffy hit .330 in 1,722 games, with 2,307 hits, 1,545 runs scored, and 103 home runs. The card has various condition flaws (graded FAIR 1.5 by GAI), but the integrity of the card remains very much intact. The front of the card is in very attractive Good condition. The back (which is blank) has some damage, possibly from at one time being glued into an album, which is of little consequence to the card. We wouldn't want to have to find another autographed Mayo of Hugh Duffy. If you think you have seen another autographed N300 Mayo of Duffy in years past, please note that this card was auctioned in April 2005 by REA (it appeared as Lot 622, selling for $2,610 at that time, and has been consigned to this auction by the original purchaser). This is very likely the only signed example in existence! LOAs from James Spence/JSA, Mike Gutierrez/GAI, and Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000.

SOLD FOR $3,231

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