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1895 N300 Mayo's Cut Plug SGC-Graded Collection (3)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,233
Collection of three 1895 N300 Mayo's Cut Plug cards, each graded and encapsulated by SGC: 1) Jack Glasscock - Pittsburgh (VG/EX 50). Glasscock is a particularly interesting card in the Mayo set because his card was issued two ways: one with the team name "Pittsburgh" on his shirt, and the other with "Louisville" on his shirt. This is the first card of Glasscock issued by Mayo, featuring him with "Pittsburgh" on his shirt. Glasscock left Pittsburgh following the 1894 season, and played eighteen games with Louisville in 1895. The Glasscock team variation cards confirm that the Mayo set was issued over a period of two years (1894 and 1895). Clean and crisp, both front and back, with very light wear to the condition-sensitive edges and corners, perfect contrast, and very well centered. This is a striking high-grade example of one of the important variation cards in the Mayo set. 2) Tom Lovett (EX 60). Highest-graded example! Pitcher Tom Lovett from the Boston Beaneaters of the National League. Lovett played only six seasons in the Major Leagues, with his best year in 1890 when he accumulated 30 wins and helped lead Brooklyn to the championship series against the Louisville Colonels. He joined Boston of the National League in 1894, his last season as a major leaguer. Centered 30/70 left to right, with a bold portrait image, even wear to the corners, and some minor edge chipping on the lower right edge. 3) Mike Griffin (EX 60), center fielder of the Brooklyn Nationals. Centered to the bottom right, with a bold image, and even wear to the corners. There are a couple small spots of what appear to be paper residue on the far left, and the reverse has a tiny pinpoint chip of paper loss near the bottom and a hint of clear glue; otherwise it's perfectly clean. The card certainly has an overall Excellent appearance but in light of minor flaws we grade this card Vg-Ex. Three exceptionally attractive examples from the N300 Mayo's Cut Plug series, the premier baseball card set from the 1890s. Total: 3 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,233
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