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The best-known of all 19th Century players, Cap Anson was the first batter to achieve 3,000 hits. In his 22 years in the National League, Anson hit more than .300 in all but two years, and in 1881 he batted .399. Although he was a line-drive "singles" hitter, the Hall of Famer did hit 21 home runs in 1884. (As it happened, the left field fence that he was shooting for in Lake Front Park was only 180 feet from home plate during that one year!) As an innovative manager who was the first to institutionalize preseason training, he guided the White Stockings to five pennants. Anson’s legend is suitably immortalized by this indefinably desirable period collectible. Mayo enthusiasts understand the difficulty inherent in finding these sensitive cards in any kind of reasonable state, and the amazing Anson commemorative offered here has survived in remarkable condition.
Graded 80 EX/NM 6 by SGC. This is one of four examples at its tier (with one graded higher) among a total of 38 copies recorded in SGC’s census reporting. The black-bordered beauty concedes only the mildest signs of corner wear at the tips, minute edge chipping and a virtually perfect frontal surface that reveals the likeness of Anson. The jet-black reverse is clean and exhibits very light chipping on its edge and a few minor specks of wear. This is a classic card of an important player, and an item that displays only trivial evidence of circulation. A fabulous artifact, in Excellent to Near Mint condition.
1895 N300 Mayo's Cut Plug Cap Anson - SGC 80 EX/NM 6
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