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Issued in 1911 as a premium for which a consumer of Pinkerton's tobacco products could redeem ten coupons, the T5 Pinkerton cabinets are, unlike T3 Turkey Reds, "true" cabinets - consisting of a photograph affixed to a heavy cardboard mount.  Like the N173 Old Judge cabinets, it is unknown how many subjects were actually produced, and a complete checklist will likely never be developed (though early advertising for the promotion indicated that 376 different cabinets were initially available).  Today, the T5 Pinkerton cabinets are among the most desirable baseball issues of the era.

The Pinkerton issue included three different Cobb examples, the more common of which depicts the Georgia Peach in a familiar photo, brandishing his bat (an identical pose to his T227 card) and another of which pictures Cobb leaping for a ball (as seen on his E98 card).  The third of the three Pinkerton poses of Cobb depicts him stretching for a ball, wearing what appears to be a first base mitt (Cobb did not see game action at first until 1916).  Cobb was, by every account, a superstar by 1911, but 1911 was his monster season, as he led the league in every offensive category except home runs and OBP.  His .420 batting average was a career high, as was his astonishing 248 hits, 47 doubles and 24 triples.  He scored 147 runs in 146 games played.  A 1911 Cobb card captures him at the absolute height of his powers.

This example, graded A by SGC (as is the case with many Pinkertons), is a stunner, with a clean, tan cardboard mount and a crisp photo that exhibits the lightest of wear and some very minor blemishes at the bottom-right corner.  It should be noted that Pinkerton cabinets are often graded A by SGC due not to alteration or trimming but to vintage glue being applied to the bottom corners of the photo to further affix it to its mount.  The original Pinkertons only were affixed to the mount by glue attached to the very top of the photo, leaving the bottom hanging. Corner wear is evident on the mount itself, which has done an excellent job protecting the photo over the years.  The card has recently been reholdered by SGC, well-protected in its oversized mount by a carefully-fitted mylar sleeve.  A wonderful presentation of one of the most difficult and desirable cards of Ty Cobb, one of just three graded examples in existence.

1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinet #170 Ty Cobb (HOF - Fielding) - SGC A1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinet #170 Ty Cobb (HOF - Fielding) - SGC A
1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinet #170 Ty Cobb (HOF - Fielding) - SGC A
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $3,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $12,000
Number Bids: 15
Auction closed on Sunday, March 25, 2018.
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