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    1894 N302 Mayo's Cut Plug Football Near Set (33/35) - #1 "Current Finest" on the PSA Set Registry! Football, as Americans play it, was first introduced in the United States when teams representing Princeton and Rutgers Universities took to the field in 1869. Teams operated under different styles of play with no universal style accepted by all until the 1880's. For decades, college players were the leaders of the sport. Over the next twenty years, college football saw significant growth in popularity. The fan base was widespread enough to justify P.H. Mayo Tobacco Works of Richmond, Virginia to circulate a roster of thirty-five different football Ivy League players representing Yale, Harvard and Princeton University teams for the tobacco firms' "Cut Plug" brand of tobacco. This is the first set exclusively devoted to football ever produced. For 19th century gridiron collectors this is, aside from a rare single entry here and there, pretty much all there is. The distinctive black borders and midnight colored backing helped diminish staining from the direct contact the cards had with their leafy roommate inside pouches and tins. Later, Mayo would produce a similar promotion for boxing and baseball fans.

    Modern hobbyists find acquiring Mayo's to be enormously challenging, and a good argument is made for the football subjects being the most difficult. Of particular note within the series is the "Poe, Princeton" card who is believed to be a relative of author Edgar Allen Poe. The set is home to the most famous rarity in the entire football hobby. For a century, "Anonymous" was identified as John Dunlop of Harvard University (not included).

    Offered is an impressive 33-card nearly completed set which has been graded by PSA and ranks #1 on the "Current Finest"list on the PSA Set registry with a 3.08 GPA. Includes: PSA NM-MT 8: 1 card, Brown/Princeton (Pop One, None Higher!); PSA NM 7: 5 cards, Armstrong/Yale (OC-Pop Two, None Higher!), Brewer/Harvard (Pop One, None Higher!), McCrea/Yale (OC-Pop One, None Higher!), Ward/Princeton (Pop One, None Higher!), Wrightington/Harvard (MC)-Pop One, Two Higher); PSA EX-MT 6: 1 card, Hinkey/Yale (Pop One, One Higher!); PSA EX 5: 2 cards, Beale/Harvard (Pop Two, Two Higher) and Morse/Princeton (MC)-Pop Three, Two Higher); PSA VG 3: 6 cards, Adee/Yale (Pop One, Four Higher), Beard/Yale, Emmons/Harvard, Hickok/Yale, Poe/Princeton and Waters/Harvard; PSA Good 2: 10 cards, Acton/Harvard, Butterworth/Yale (MK), Crowdis/Princeton (MC), Gray/Harvard (MC), Manahan/Harvard, Riggs/Princeton, Stillman/Yale, Taylor/Princeton, Thorne/Yale (MC) and Wheeler/Princeton; PSA Fair 1.5: 4 cards, Burt/Princeton (MC), Lea/Princeton, Mackie/Harvard and Murphy/Yale; PSA Poor 1: 4 cards, Barnett/Princeton (MK), Gonterman/Harvard, Greenway/Yale and Holly/Princeton. Missing Trenchard and Anonymous/Dunlop.

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