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    1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinets Ty Cobb (Batting) #169 SGC 20 Fair 1.5. The Pinkerton name applies to a precious few promotions, including the format presented here, a cabinet card available only through a coupons exchange program. Period advertising reported a roster of 376 possible names to acquire, but this figure stands in sharp contrast to the census recorded in modern times. While we can never know if the full contingent of 376 was ever produced, there's no question but that the vast majority that once existed has fallen to the slings and arrows of time's passage. Each cabinet couples a fragile glossy photo with a thick 4-3/4" x 7-3/4" card stock base. This is by far the most coveted Pinkerton variety, and it should go without saying that the great Ty Cobb serves as the key entry in the set.

    Graded SGC 20 Fair 1.5, this is currently one of only two examples on record with SGC (the other is an "Authentic"), with the PSA population report showing just one "Authentic" entry. The full-figure portrait of Cobb displays very fine detail and bold contrast. Lacking any of the fading often seen in imagery of the period one could not ask for a better portrait, the same used for his T227 (one is being offered elsewhere in this auction) and his M114 Premium. The grade is utterly puzzling as the card presents as a stunning "Excellent-Mint" copy. Close inspection of the image area reveals light bends in the fragile photo paper; the card mount shows minor corner wear with one surface bubble. The lone pin hole which once held this majestic piece to the bedroom wall of a young fan is wonderfully camouflaged against the dark grey key line adornment.

    Knowledgeable collectors are aware of just how scarce these Pinkerton cabinets are, issued only to those intrepid souls who mailed in coupons packaged with Pinkerton Tobacco cigarettes. While this mode of distribution served as a powerful restriction upon the original population, the passing years have claimed the vast majority of that original supply as the oversized dimensions of the cabinets proved counterproductive to their survival. With less than a handful known, and only one record of this premium ever being offered at auction (an SGC Authentic sold in Heritage's February 2014 auction for $19,120), currently just two collectors will have the opportunity to own what might be the best looking Ty Cobb baseball card in the world!

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