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Graded 40 VG 3 by SGC. This is one of four examples at its tier (with one graded higher) among a total of eight copies recorded in SGC’s census reporting. The excruciatingly scarce N302 Mayo's Cut Plug 19th Century sepia-photo football cards are the true foundation pieces of that sport’s collecting hobby. The 1-5/8” x 2-7/8”, black-bordered tobacco inserts collectively feature an array of the time’s outstanding Ivy League players, and the issue was the first ever made to showcase exclusively gridiron subjects. Arguably the most coveted entry within the earliest pure football issue of them all, this incredibly challenging card boasts an unimpaired portrait likeness of its subject Harvard collegian. The piece is crease-free, and its aesthetic isn't harshly affected by inevitable corner wear or a tiny chip at the top edge. A small speck of superficial paper loss, along with traces of abrasion, can be seen on the reverse. Very Good condition, with a full measure of the indefinable mystique that naturally accrues to the hobby's most fabled rarities.
Incredible 1894 N302 Mayo's Cut Plug "Anonymous" (John Dunlop/Harvard) - SGC 40 VG 3
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