Today we'll look at Mayo's Cut Plug from 1895. These are very nice cards that have stood up well for their age, and you can find them graded at higher grades. The cards were black and white, un-numbered and blank backed. They also made a football version of these, which are harder to find, and are in college uniforms.
What you want to watch out for is counterfeiters; if it looks too good it probably is. Counterfeiting has become a big business in recent years. Also reprints or replications, which are made as a guide to the set, or in some cases to fool even the most knowledgeable people in sports.
Philadelphia players in this set are:
Haliman, Nichols and Robinson may be in a uniform besides Philadelphia. This is the period in time when Philadelphia ruled baseball with very good pitching and outstanding hitting. Hall of Famers including Kid Nichols, Ed Delahanty, Billy Hamilton, Beals Becker and others all played in Philadelphia. When remembering Phillies history these are the most overlooked players, collecting them will keep their names in the forefront.
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