1911 T5 Pinkerton Tobacco Cabinet Collection (6)

Sold For: $2,350

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 189

Item Year: 1911

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Collection of six different 1911 T5 Pinkerton cabinet cards, highlighted by Hall of Famers “Home Run” Baker and Fred Clarke. 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 collection consists of the following: #507 Lord (borders of mounted photo appear trimmed and though we cannot be certain, this appears to be as made; the photo has an extremely interesting and unusual copyright stamp [reading "Copyright 1910 L. Van Oeyen Cleveland, Ohio"] actually printed in the photo [as opposed to embossed as it appears at a glance] on the front. This is a fascinating T5 example. Vg-Ex), 512 Baker (HOF, photo has a few chips on the top edge, some surface paper loss to mount on front, glue stains on reverse), 515 Barry (some minor paper loss to the edge of the mount on front, glue stains on reverse), 516 Lapp (Vg-Ex), 523 Livingston (a few scattered stains to mount and photo, chip to photo in lower left, clean back, Gd-Vg), and 855 Clarke (HOF, very clean front and back, with a couple of edge chips to mounted photo along bottom); the photograph on the Clarke has 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), otherwise in Vg/Vg-Ex condition. Collection of six, including two Hall of Famers, each with condition problems common to T5s but each with great merit as well, from one of the rarest tobacco issues of the 1910 era. Total 6 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500.

SOLD FOR $2,350

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