1890 N310 Mayo's Cut Plug Prizefighters Complete Set (35)

Sold For: $4,444

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1345

Item Year: 1890

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

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Complete 35-card set of these extraordinarily rare nineteenth-century boxing tobacco cards. N310 Mayo Boxers are one of the earliest and rarest of all boxing issues. Extremely attractive set of these classic cards. Highlighted by all the great stars and Hall of Famers from the era, including John L. Sullivan and James Corbett. This set has been locked away for decades and has been consigned by the family of one of the hobby's great pioneer collectors. Eleven cards are Vg-Ex: Corbett, Creeden, Dixon, Gibbons, Godfrey, Jackson, Kilrain, McAuliffe, Ryan, Slavin, and Walcott. Nine cards are Vg: Chonskia, Dime, Goss, Hall, Leonard, McBride, O'Donnell, S. Smith, and Van Heest. Fifteen cards are lesser (mostly Gd): Burns, Carney, Daley, Edwards, Fitzsimmons, Griffin, Griffo, Lavigne, Maher, Mitchell, Myers, Plimmer, B. Smith, E. Smith, and Sullivan. Extremely rare boxing cards such as these are currently valued at a very small fraction of the value of similarly rare and substantial baseball cards. In comparison, they represent an extraordinary collecting value. Rarely offered as a complete set in any grade, this is a very attractive complete set of one of the most elusive and important boxing tobacco issues of the era. In all our years we have never offered a complete set. Total: 35 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $4,444

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