Collectors know these artful 6" x 8" cards by three terms: T3s (catalog number), Turkey Reds (associated tobacco brand), and, more generally, "cabinet cards" (for their large and presentable size). This bigger surface meant more chances for damage--note several dings and marks on its "frame"--but there's no denying their appeal. I'd even call them "classy."
Turkey Red backs show the entire checklist, a mixture of baseball players, on-field action shots, and pro boxers. Individual panels start around $100 and HOFers cost much more, so building a complete set takes real money and dedication.
Value: Low-grade Crawford cards run a few hundred dollars, given his HOF status and popularity with Detroit fans.
Fakes / reprints: Several T3 reprints exist and there's no doubt people faked the most valuable stars. Modern companies also adapted the painted look for 21st century players, one of the best throwback designs to choose from.
There have also been reprints of the T3 set done in the modern 2 1/2-by-3 1/2 inch size as well. I still get the occasional query through my website about them.
This set is one of the "great whales" that I'd love to land a specimen from.
Call me Ishmael.
Plenty of beautiful cards in the set, too. My favorite name's "Knock-out Brown" and he happens to be one of the cheapest T3s on eBay right now.
Knock-out Brown (SGC authentic)
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