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Jefferson Burdick (author of the hobby’s definitive reference, The American Card Catalog) never saw one of these very rare blank-backed items. If he had, the devoted chronicler of our avocation’s treasures would have assigned a "W" prefix to its sequentially arranged position while assuming that the card came into the world by means of an arcade vending machine or, perhaps, was simply sold from a newsstand. Its image and its obverse number ("357"), though, reveal its true association with the "impossible" T5 series—the only true cabinet-card release of the 20th Century—produced by Toledo’s Pinkerton Tobacco Company. The relic consists of a 3-3/8" x 5-1/2", blank-backed photograph attached to a thick-cardboard mount (4-3/4" x 7-3/4"). The former upholds a minimally EX/MT level of appearance in its illustration, with light corner wear; having absorbed a century’s-worth of wear, the EX-quality mount nevertheless concedes no significant faults. Mystery, rarity and, above all, the compelling pose of Roger Bresnahan will make this singular piece irresistible to the advanced collector of "type" cards or contemporary Hall of Fame mementos.
1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinets #357 Roger Bresnahan
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