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1895 N300 Mayo's Cut Plug Ed Delahanty

  • Sold For: $2,963
  • Year: 1895
  • Auction: 2012 spring
  • Lot #: 96
  • Auction Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Cards (1830-1899)

Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. 1895 N300 Mayo's Cut Plug card of Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty; this formal studio portrait presents him dressed in street clothes. This is one of the nineteenth century's most highly prized Hall of Famer cards, from the most significant of set of the 1890s. There are very few baseball cards of Delahanty, due to his untimely and tragic death in 1903, and the fact that so few baseball card sets were issued during the years in which he played (1888 to 1903). Delahanty was one of the premier stars of the nineteenth century. It is interesting to note that Mayo misspelled his name as "Delehanty" on this card. This is a very attractive card with no creases, a clean back, and some light edge and corner wear (as is almost always the case with Mayo's due to their condition-sensitive black-border design). Centered to the right border (approximately 70/30 L/R). The quality of the portrait image on this card is particularly strong and ideal. Delahanty enjoyed his best two seasons in 1894 and 1895, batting .407 and .404, respectively, during these seasons. This is an exceptional example of one of Delahanty's most important cards, dating from the peak of his career, and one of the most desirable Hall of Famers in the Mayo's Cut Plug series. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $2,963

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