1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinet #170 Ty Cobb

Sold For: $13,200

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 645

Item Year: 1911

Category: Prewar Baseball Cards (1900-1941)

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Addendum (posted 4:40 PM EST on 10/15/16): It has come to our attention that the original photograph of Cobb on the offered Pinkerton was remounted to a period Pinkerton mount sometime after the photograph was offered at auction (without a mount) in 2007. This process restored the card to its intended original state, but as such, we feel it should not qualify for the number grade it is assigned. We cannot fault SGC for missing this as Pinkerton photos are held in place on the mount with nothing more than a thin strip of glue along the top border, and there would be nothing glaring to suggest that it was anything other than what they were presented with for review. We do believe, as does our consignor, that the card should be encapsulated as Authentic and not with a numerical grade in light of this revelation. We don't believe that the change in grade will have any great impact on the card's value as we've seen pricing for T5 Pinkertons vary greatly with little to no consideration for the grade. T5s are extremely rare, and this is one of only three Cobb fielding variations that has ever been encapsulated by SGC at any grade level. We will be contacting SGC first thing Monday to discuss the card with them and hope to present it in an updated grade as soon as possible. 

Graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. T5 Pinkerton cabinet of legendary Hall of Famer Ty Cobb. This is a magnificent example of one of the most impressive of all Cobb cards. T5 Pinkerton cabinets are among the rarest of all 1910-era tobacco issues. To date, SGC has only encapsulated three examples of #170 Cobb (in any grade)! 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 is designed with a real photo (3-3/8 x 5-1/2 inches) affixed to a thick cardboard cabinet-style mount (4-3/4 x 7-3/4 inches). Two poses of Cobb were issued in T5: batting and fielding. This outstanding example of Ty Cobb #170, in a fielding pose, is bright, fresh, and clean, affixed to the mount along the top as made. The photo displays a little unobtrusive stray print in the background and a paper break at the very tip of the upper right corner. The mount shows light corner wear and a small stain in the lower right corner. The reverse is perfectly clean. T5 Pinkertons are found with two different mount styles: a thick cabinet-card mount with a surrounding embossed decorative imprint and a thin paper mount. The offered example is on the more desirable, higher-quality thick mount. This is an exceptionally attractive example of one of the best of all Ty Cobb cards, and would be a significant addition to any serious Hall of Fame or prewar-card collection. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open).

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