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1911 T5 Pinkerton Tobacco Cabinet Collection (6)

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $2,233

Collection of six different 1911 T5 Pinkerton cabinet cards, highlighted by Hall of Famer “Chief” Bender. T5 Pinkertons are among the rarest of all 1910-era tobacco issues. These cabinet cards were available only by mail in exchange for coupons packaged with cigarettes produced by the Pinkerton Tobacco Co. Each T5 premium card (3-3/8 x 5-1/2 inches) when issued was designed with a real photo attached along the top of the reverse onto a thick cardboard cabinet-style mount (4.75 x 7.75 inches) with a surrounding embossed decorative imprint. The photographs on four of the six T5 Pinkertons have long ago been glued down to the mount (when originally issued, to the best of our knowledge, the photo was glued to the mount only along the top). These four T5s otherwise grade as follows: #158 Bush (mount is Gd, with pinhole), 301 Luderus (Ex), 510 Oldring (chip to photo in upper left, otherwise Vg), 518 Murphy (stains to mount on front, glue stains on reverse, Fr). The remaining two T5s have the photographs glued to very thin mounts, which we do recognize as original T5 cabinets: #501 Bender (Vg-Ex), and 755 Cole (photo Ex, thin mount Vg). Note: It is possible that the thin mounts are original mounts, and that these simple low-quality mounts were used by Pinkerton when they ran out of the higher-quality thick mounts with embossed borders, but we have no evidence to support this. Collection of six, including one Hall of Famer, each with condition problems but each with great merit as well, from one of the rarest tobacco issues of the 1910 era. Total 6 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $2,233


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