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1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinet #503 Eddie Plank
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,440
Tremendous example of Philadelphia Athletics Hall of Famer Eddie Plank in a pitching pose from the T5 Pinkerton cabinet-card set. T5s are one of the rarest sets from the 1910 era, and have always been highly prized by serious collectors. This is a striking and impressive card of Plank. Bright, fresh, and clean, both front and back. The photograph of Plank is mounted along the top edge as issued. Light horizontal wrinkling is present on the reverse of the mount in line with the area where the photo is affixed, and the lower right corner displays some light creasing. T5 Pinkertons are found with two different mount styles: a thick cabinet-card mount and a thin paper mount. The offered example is on a thin paper mount. Because we have seen so many T5 Pinkertons on thin mounts like this over the years, we believe they are original mounts, though we have no evidence to support this. It has long been speculated that these simple lower-quality mounts were used by Pinkerton when it ran out of the higher-quality thick mounts with embossed borders. Eddie Plank is well known in the collecting world for the rarity and great value of his T206 tobacco card, but his T5 Pinkerton tobacco premium is far rarer! Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,440
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