(LOT #17) 1895 N300 Mayo Bill Shindle SGC 50
Out of the 15 Shindle cards graded by SGC there
are only 4 that grade higher than an SGC 50. A rare opportunity at a strongly
graded card from this series. Solid black back with a small amount of chipping
on the borders. There is a tiny 3/8" crease on the left center of only the
front of the card. Overall an outstanding example and one of the more
difficult cards in the set.
Here is some history, and information about the Mayo set: In the 1880's,
company's Duke & Sons, Kinney Brothers, Goodwin & Company, Allen & Ginter, and
W.S. Kimball found themselves in fierce competition. They used tobacco premiums
to entice buyers to choose one brand over another. Then in 1890, James Buchanan
(the son of Duke & Sons) acquired the four rival company's. James Buchanan
became the president of the newly formed firm, "The American Tobacco Company."
After the formation of The American Tobacco Company, there was a gap in the
production of premium baseball tobacco cards. Because of the newly formed
monopoly there wasn't really a need for the added expenditure of the premium.
Under these conditions, in 1895 in an attempt to gain attention, the Richmond,
Virginia based company P.H. Mayo produced a series of 40 baseball player tobacco
cards. The cards were distributed nationally in packages of Mayo's Cut Plug
chewing and smoking tobacco. Measuring 1 5/8 x 2 7/8" the cards featured
portraits of players in black and white, or sepia tone. There were 8 card
variations (misspellings and team variations) which actually bring the set count
up to 48. Within the set of 48, there are 12 cards picturing players in their
street clothes. The other 36 show players in uniform.