The 1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinets are one of those sets that seem to elude many collectors. The cards are tough, very tough in fact. Recently, a private collector with 49 of these tobacco branded cabinets decided to part with his treasures. Included in the massive lot of items are examples of the infamous Shoeless Joe Jackson (pictured) as well as Hall of Famers like Christy Mathewson, Cy Young, Napoleon “Nap” Lajoie, and Eddie Plank. Luckily, every collector has the chance to acquire one of these hobby gems as the group has been put up for sale by Hunt Auctions in their current auction.
Produced in 1911 and designated as the T5 set in the American Card Catalog, these sepia toned photographs were mounted on cardboard stock that measures roughly 4-¾” by 7-¾”. While the mounts are often grey, the cards also appear against a tan background. For that matter, you can find non-mounted examples with some frequency. In those instances, it is possible to find the cards with postcard or scorecard backings.
The cards themselves feature various baseball stars in the midst of playing their favorite game (or at least the one they were most likely best at). At the bottom of each image, you will find the player name along with the designated card number, their position, and their team at the time of issue. More on the find and the cards themselves after the jump!