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In 1894, the Mayo Tobacco Works of Richmond Virginia issued a 35 subject Football card set that included ONLY Ivy League college football players from Harvard, Yale and Princeton.  Considered the rarest football set ever distributed as well as the only 19th century set solely dedicated to football, like baseball’s T206 Tobacco and 1952 Topps issues, the 1894 Mayo Cut Plug N302 is, indeed, the “Holy Grail” set to assemble.  With that in mind, we are pround to offer one of the most miraculous N302 sets in the memorabilia circuit.  It currently stands as the #3 Master set on the SGC set registry with a 39.03 Average Weighted Score!  Note that this score was based on a complete 35 subject set; however, the SGC 10 Anonymous/Dunlop has been removed and is being sold as a separate lot in this auction.  Therefore, the set checklist now numbers 34, and considering the Anonymous/Dunlop card is graded an SGC 10 with a 15.00 SGC Power rating, the average weighted score for the remaining 34 cards is now elevated to 43.98!  This is a miraculous achievement, considering that the potential flaking of the black borders make this one of the highest condition sensitive issues ever produced.  Breathtaking to say the least, listed below are some of the statistical achievements of this monumental offering:


·        Only two 100% complete sets exist on the SGC Set Registry.  Including this set (which now excludes the Anonymous/Dunlop), only three SGC sets are registered with 34 of the total 35 cards (all missing the Anonymous/Dunlop).  Interesetingly enough, PSA has only ONE set registered with 34 of 35 cards (also missing the Anonymous/Dunlop).

·         Of the 416 total SGC encapsulated examples (at the time this was written), only 38% have been graded higher than an SGC 40.


·        The technical breakdown of the 34 cards is as follows:

Ø      SGC 70:  Frank Hinkey, Knox Taylor

Ø      SGC 60:  H.W. Barnett, A.M. Beale, Robert Emmons, Fred Murphy, Brinck Thorne, Thomas Trenchard,

Ø      SGC 50:  R. Acton, George Adee, Ricard Armstrong, Frank Butterworth, M.G. Gouterman, Augustus Holly, Dudley Riggs, Phillip Stillman, Arthur Wheeler

Ø      SGC 40:  Anson Beard, Eddie Crowdis, G.A. Grey, William Hickok, Langdon Lea, T.J. Manahan

Ø      SGC 30:  Brown, John Greenway, W.C. Mackie, Jim McCrea, Poe, Bert Waters, Edgar Wrightington

Ø      SGC 20:  Charles Brewer, Burt, Frank Morse, William Ward


              Amazingly, there are NO cards graded an SGC “10” or “Authentic”, especially considering that of the 416 graded examples, 17% reside at one of these grades.  To reiterate, there is a colossal condition sensitivity associated with Mayo Cut Plugs primarily attributed to their bold black borders.  A large number of this offering’s cards have managed to maintain a substantial portion of their black borders, while providing splendid sepia-toned images depicting strong contrast and vivid clarity.  Bearing in mind that only 416 subjects have been encapsulated by SGC, an immense amount of time and effort was undoubtedly involved to assemble this 34 card museum worthy set.  Rapidly approaching its 105th birthday, the potential investment value of the N302 Mayo Cut Plug is staggering which is why any advanced enthusiast should be ready to claim ownership of football’s rarest and most desirable issue currently ranking as the 3rd best SGC set in existence!

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1894 Mayo Cut Plug Football Set (N302) – 34 Cards of 35 Total  -  Excludes the “Anonymous/Dunlop” -  #3 on SGC Set Registry  - Avg. Weighted Score = 39.03

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Minimum Bid: $3,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $13,397.35
Number Bids: 13
Auction closed on Friday, July 17, 2009.
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