1895 N300 Mayo's Cut Plug John Ward 2nd Base

Sold For: $480

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 104

Item Year: 1895

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

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Presented is an attractive N300 Mayo's Cut Plug example of Hall of Famer John Ward. This is one of John Ward's most striking cards. Ward is an especially fascinating subject in the Mayo's Cut Plug set because his card was issued two ways: one listing him as "John Ward: 2nd. B." and the other identifying him as "John Ward: Retired." This is the first card of Ward issued, listing him as "John Ward: 2nd. B.," prior to his formal status as retired, and is therefore also his final card issued as a player. Graded POOR 10 by SGC due to heavy back damage from album removal. The card otherwise presents with a crisp portrait image, with heavy wear on the lower right corner, no creases, and centered to the right. Three pieces of paper remnants are affixed to the blank reverse. Despite these flaws, this remains a very presentable example of one of the most majestic of all nineteenth-century cards, and one of John Ward's most classic cards. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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