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1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets Baseball Cards

1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets Baseball Cards

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Featuring a large design and a thicker card stock, 1911 T3 Turkey Red Baseball cards are more a work of art than just some simple baseball card.

The detailed T3 cabinet cards are viewed by many collectors as the most visually pleasing release of all-time and include a checklist filled with Hall of Fame names.

1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets Baseball Set Details

While 1911 T3 Turkey Red Baseball does not meet the technical definition of cabinet cards because they are not photos mounted to cardboard, the 5-3/4" by 8" cards resemble the turn-of-the-century photograph style. Given the sizing, the cards were not issued in cigarette packages and could instead be redeemed as a premium with coupons.

Although mostly associated with Turkey Red Cigarettes, the T3 cards were also available through Old Mill or Fez Cigarettes. The main difference between the three brands is that one T3 card could be redeemed for ten coupons from Turkey Red, but the other two brands required 25 coupons for one card. Collectors could specify the card they wanted from the checklist.

T3 Turkey Red Baseball cards are easily identified due to their large, colorful image and grayish frame. A small text box at the bottom identifies the last name and team for the player pictured and is highlighted in yellow. All T3 cards are numbered on the back, except for the blank backs. Issued in two series releases, the full T3 checklist includes 126 cards.

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However, 26 boxing cards are featured in the middle of the checklist (#51-76) and are considered to be a separate set known as T9 Turkey Red Boxers. While visually similar, the boxing cards have a more detailed frame design with a wood-like appearance.

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Removing the boxers, the full T3 baseball checklist comes in at an even 100 cards.

The first series of T3 Turkey Red Baseball features 50 cards (#1-50) and some of the biggest Hall of Fame names in the entire set, including Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Tris Speaker and Cy Young. Similar to the center image in T202 Hassan Triple Folders, there are also several action shots that document specific plays involving multiple players.

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Although not as loaded with star power as the first series, the second release of T3 Turkey Red Baseball is nothing to look down on, boasting cards for Eddie Collins, Walter Johnson, Chief Bender and Wee Willie Keeler. Series 2 adds 50 more cards that follow the same design as the first group. Other than the actual checklist, the main difference between Series 1 and Series 2 is the card backs.

T3 Turkey Red Baseball Series 1 backs are available in three different options. In the earliest version, the checklist shows a checklist for cards #1-75, while another features cards with an updated #1-76 checklist. Both of these versions showcase a cigarette coupon add at the bottom. The final back variation for the first series includes a checklist for cards #1-76, but omits the ad.

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The second series of T3 Turkey Red Baseball also has different card backs, but there are only two and they are quite different. The main version is similar to the Series 1 backs, except it features a checklist for cards #51-126 and specific league affiliation is noted for each player. The other version is more rare and removes the checklist entirely, replacing it with an artistic ad for Turkey Red Cigarettes.

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Lastly, proofs have surfaced for many of the cards. These blank-back cards do not include any text on the card fronts either. In addition to the back variations, a handful of front variations exist for T3 Turkey Red Baseball. Mostly dealing with misspelled names and team updates for four players, they don't yield much of a premium.


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Key 1911 T3 Turkey Red Baseball Cards

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#9 Ty Cobb

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#99 Walter Johnson

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#42 Cy Young

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#27 Christy Mathewson

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#36 Tris Speaker

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#23 Nap Lajoie

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Set Checklist

1911 T3 Turkey Red Baseball Set Checklist

Cards #51-76 are all boxers and considered a separate release (T9). Shop for boxing base cards on eBay.
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Series 1
1 Mordecai Brown
2 Bill Bergen
3 Fred Leach
4 Roger Bresnahan
5 Sam Crawford
6 Hal Chase
7 Howie Camnitz
8 Fred Clarke
9 Ty Cobb
10 Art Devlin
11 Bill Dahlen
12 Bill Donovan
13 Larry Doyle
14 Red Dooin
15 Kid Elberfeld
16 Johnny Evers
17 Clark Griffith
18 Hughie Jennings
19 Addie Joss
20 Tim Jordan
21 Red Kleinow
22 Harry Krause
23 Napoleon Lajoie
24 Mike Mitchell
25 Matty McIntyre
26 John McGraw
27 Christy Mathewson
28 Harry McIntyre
29 Amby McConnell
30 George Mullin
31 Sherry Magee
32 Orval Overall
33 Jack Pfeister
34 Nap Rucker
35 Joe Tinker
36 Tris Speaker
37 Slim Sallee
38 Jake Stahl
39 Rube Waddell
40 Vic Willis
41 Hooks Wiltse
42 Cy Young
43 Out At Third
44 Trying to Catch Him Napping
45 Jordan and Herzog at First
46 Safe At Third
47 Frank Chance At Bat
48 Jack Murray At Bat
49 A Close Play At Second
50 Chief Myers At Bat
T9 Boxing
51 Jem Driscol
52 Abe Attell
53 Ad. Wolgast
54 Johnny Coulon
55 James Jeffries
56 Jack Twin Sullivan
57 Battling Nelson
58 Packey McFarland
59 Tommy Murphy
60 Owen Moran
61 Johnny Marto
62 Jimmie Garner
63 Harry Lewis
64 Wm. Papke
65 Sam Langford
66 Knock-Out Brown
67 Stanely Ketchel
68 Joe Jeanette
69 Leach Cross
70 Phil McGovern
71 Battling Hurley
72 Honey Melody
73 Al Kaufman
74 Willie Lewis
75 Philadelphia Jack O'Brien
76 Jack Johnson
Series 2
77 Red Ames
78 Frank Baker
79 George Bell
80 Chief Bender
81 Bob Bescher
82 Kitty Bransfield
83 Al Bridwell
84 George Browne
85 Bill Burns
86 Bill Carrigan
87 Eddie Collins
88 Harry Coveleski
89 Lou Criger
90 Mickey Doolan
91 Tom Downey
92 Jimmy Dygert
93 Art Fromme
94 George Gibson
95 Peaches Graham
96 Bob Groom
97 Bob Hoblitzel
98 Doc Hofman
99 Walter Johnson
100 Davy Jones
101 Willie Keeler
102 Johnny Kling
103 Ed Konetchy
104 Ed Lennox
105 Hans Lobert
106 Bris Lord
107 Rube Manning
108 Fred Merkle
109 Pat Moran
110 George McBride
111 Harry Niles
112 Dode Paskert
113 Bugs Raymond
114 Bob Rhoads
115 Admiral Schlei
116 Boss Schmidt
117 Frank Schulte
118 Charlie Smith
119 George Stone
120 Gabby Street
121 Billy Sullivan
122 Fred Tenney
123 Ira Thomas
124 Bobby Wallace
125 Ed Walsh
126 Chief Wilson


Base Variations Set Checklist

28 Harry McIntyre - Brooklyn
28 Harry McIntyre - Brooklyn, now with Chicago
90 Mickey Doolan - name spelling
90 Mickey Doolin - name spelling
112 Dode Paskert - Cincinnati
112 Dode Paskert - Cincinnati and Philadelphia
122 Fred Tenney - New York
122 Fred Tenney - New York and Boston


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Trey is a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options.

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