1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinet #616 Joe Jackson SGC VG+ 45

Sold For: $56,400
Year: 1911
Auction: 2020 Summer
Lot #: 2
Auction: Featured
Graded VG+ 45 by SGC. Presented is an extremely rare example of the legendary Joe Jackson from the 1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinet series. To the best of our knowledge this is one of only three examples known to exist of this extreme rarity. This is a magnificent example of one of the most impressive of all Joe Jackson cards. T5 Pinkerton cabinets are among the rarest of all 1910-era tobacco issues. 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). This outstanding example of Joe Jackson #616, in a fielding pose, is bright, fresh, and clean, with a stunningly crisp photograph. The mount shows very light corner wear (with a little more to the lower left) and two moisture stains. The reverse is clean with just a stain on the lower left corner. 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 only the second example we have ever offered of this great rarity! (The first example appeared as Lot #4 in REA’s Fall 2018 auction, realizing a final sale price of $45,000. The offered example realized $49,200 as Lot #3 in REA's Summer 2019 auction.) This is an exceptionally attractive and highly-graded example of one of the best of all Joe Jackson cards and would be a significant addition to any serious Black Sox or prewar-card collection. Opening Bid $25,000. Estimate $50,000+.
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