1895 N300 and N302 Mayo's Cut Plug Baseball and Football Collection Including Nine HOFers (39)

Sold For: $8,888

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 88

Item Year: 1895

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Cards (1830-1899)

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Newly discovered collection of thirty-nine rare 1895 N300 baseball (21) and N302 football (18) Mayo's Cut Plug cards, each of which long ago was mounted onto two lined schoolbook pages. The group consists of the following: 1) N300 Baseball (21 cards): Anson (HOF), Bannon, Delehanty (HOF), Duffy (HOF), Ganzel, Haddock (no team), Hamilton (HOF), Joyce, Kennedy, Kinslow (Pittsburg on shirt), Latham, Long, Lovett, Lowe, McCarthy (HOF), Murphy, Nichols (HOF), Robinson (HOF), Russie (HOF, incorrect spelling), Tucker, and Ward (HOF, 2nd base). 2) N302 Football (18 cards): Acton (Harvard), Beale (Harvard), Burt (Princeton), Crowdis (Princeton), Emmons (Harvard), Gouterman (Harvard), Greenway (Yale), Grey (Harvard), Hickok (Yale), Hinkey (Yale, one of three key cards to the set), Manahan (Harvard), Morse (Princeton), Poe (Princeton, one of three key cards to the set), Riggs (Princeton), Trenchard (Princeton), Ward (Princeton), Waters (Harvard), and Wheeler (Princeton). This is an impressive group of these rare cards. It is fascinating to note that these N300 and N302 Mayos originate from the estate of George Grebenstein, a former All-American at Dartmouth College (class of 1907). The page on the reverse side of one group has no writing; the other has the first page of a school paper written by George Grebenstein in the 8th grade, dated October 6, 1897. REA sold other materials (including an extraordinary collection of circa 1907 Dartmouth basketball and baseball uniforms) in the May 2011 auction. These two pages with cards were discovered since, when they happened to be found tucked among a stack of newspapers from the same era. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, before the days of television, it was a very popular pastime for collectors to assemble trading cards in this fashion for display and enjoyment. While condition is always of utmost importance with regard to value, and these are technically in extremely modest condition, the cards are still very pleasing examples that will appeal to many collectors (perhaps even more so to some collectors who may especially appreciate the original form in which they are presented). This group represents a very rare, possibly unique opportunity to obtain extremely attractive low-grade examples of these significant nineteenth-century rarities for a small fraction of what these cards would sell for in higher grade. The cards display beautifully as is, but of course presumably could be removed from the pages on which they are mounted by a professional conservator if desired. Total: 39 cards, presented mounted on two pages. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
SOLD FOR $8,888

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