1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinets #170 Ty Cobb "Fielding Pose" SGC 5 EX - Highest Graded Example for all Poses!
Pinkerton Tobacco Company of Ohio, renowned for Red Man Tobacco, like so many other tobacco manufacturers, capitalized on the growing success of Major league Baseball in the early 1900s. Traditionally, "tobacco cards" were issued to accompany packs of cigarettes or loose-leaf tobacco, but some companies, such as Pinkerton, offered various promotions to redeem coupons for specific players. In 1911, the Pinkerton Company had coupons in their packages that could be redeemed - ten coupons for a particular player including Cobb, Mathewson, Plank, Baker, W. Johnson or Young! Considered "true" cabinets, these 3-3/8" x 5-1/2" photographs were affixed to a heavy, embossed cardboard mount (4-3/4" x 7-3/4").
1911 was ALSO a watershed season for Ty Cobb. Already established as one of the game's elite, Cobb enjoyed one of the greatest seasons in baseball history as he led in nearly every offensive category including a .419 batting average, 127 RBI, 47 doubles, 23 triples and 83 stolen bases. He finished the season three home runs shy of Frank Baker's 11 round-trippers as a second career Triple Crown eluded him.
The offered tremendously rare example of one of the three variants of Ty Cobb, #170, shows the Georgia Peach appearing to leap for a high liner and is encapsulated and graded SGC EX 5, the highest SGC grade for this example or any of the Cobb variants. Having withstood the test of time better than most examples, the photo exhibits a bold appearance with seemingly no wear or defects. The cardboard mount shows minimal wear at the corners. The reverse shows similar aging to the front with slightly more wear on the top left corner. Compared to the popular full-colored T3 cabinet, a Pinkerton of Cobb is infinitely more rare with very few high-grade examples known in our hobby.
MIN BID $5,000