Love of the Game February 2, 2013 Auction
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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 cards were actually produced, and a complete checklist will likely never be developed (although early advertising for the promotion indicated that 376 different cabinets were initially available).

Pictured here with the Toledo Mud Hens, a team with which he never played, is pitcher Jack Gilligan (last name mispelled Guilligan).  Gilligan was a right-handed pitcher who played with both Milwaukee and Minneapolis of the American Association in 1911, compiling a meager 8-11 record with both teams.  Gilligan pitched 12 games in the majors with the St. Louis Browns, who were affiliated with the Mud Hens, in 1909 and 1910.  Gilligan also pitched with the Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association in 1910, compiling a record of 8 wins and 9 losses.  After finishing the 1911 season with the Minneapolis Millers, Gilligan moved to the Pacific Coast League, ultimately shuttling back and forth between the American Association, Pacific Coast League and the Western League before his retirement in 1919.

T5 Pinkerton cabinets in graded form are very rare.  SGC has graded just 141, and has assigned a numerical grade to only 105 of them.  PSA has graded just 46, and has assigned a numerical grade to none.  Due to the extreme scarcity, just two copies of the Guilligan have been graded, and this is the highest.

In fact, amidst all the T5 Pinkertons that have been graded (SGC alternately labels these as "T5 Pinkerton Cabinets" and "1911 Pinkerton"), just two cards have ever graded higher: a Hugh Jennings and an Addie Joss, both of which graded SGC NMT 84.  SGC has assessed three other examples at the grade of EX/NMT 80.  This card, then, is one of just six examples to be graded EX/NMT or higher.  This is a particularly incredible specimen of a T5 Pinkerton.  In fact, the great hobby publication Old Cardboard used this very card on the "Gallery Print" posters, to illustrate the T5 Pinkerton issue in its T-card section.  

Must be a pretty special card.

Population Data
SGC Population: 2 total graded, 1 at this level, 0 higher
PSA Population: None graded
Extraordinary 1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinets #1115 Jack Guilligan - SGC EX/NM 80Extraordinary 1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinets #1115 Jack Guilligan - SGC EX/NM 80
Extraordinary 1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinets #1115 Jack Guilligan - SGC EX/NM 80
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $250
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,062
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Sunday, February 3, 2013.
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