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Joe Tinker
(b. July 27, 1880 - d. July 27, 1948)
Interestingly, Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance were all elected to the Hall of Fame in the same year. Shortstop Tinker was a fielding whiz who keyed the success of that double-play combo. Although not a great hitter, he stole 336 career bases to augment his .263 average. His batting averages from 1902 to 1912 (the years he was with the Cubs) were better than most starting NL shortstops of the time.
Inducted in 1946
1911 T205 Polar Bear Joe Tinker PSA 5 EX
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Comments: I won a PSA 6 T205 in an eBay auction from seller Greg Schwartz / Bottom of the Ninth in February, 2002. The card was sold via my website in February, 2004. In March, 2004 I picked up a PSA 2 example with an eBay win. A couple weeks later I upgraded to a PSA 4 with another eBay win. In May, 2004 I won an eBay auction for a GAI 5 example. In June, 2005 I purchased this PSA 5 via eBay from David Bryan (davidbvintage).
Card Details Below:  
Year(s): 1911
ACC Set Designation: T205
Set Name: Polar Bear Cigarettes
Country: United States
Description: Taking their hobby nickname from their gold-leaf borders, these cards were issued in a number of different cigarette brands. The cards nominally measure 1-7/16" X 2-5/8" although many cards, even though untrimmed or unaltered, measure somewhat less than those dimensions in length and/or width. American League cards feature a color lithograph of the player inside a stylizedd baseball diamond. National League cards have head and shoulder portraits and a plain background, plus the first-ever use of a facsimile autograph in a major card set. The 12 minor league players in the set feature three-quarter length portraits or action pictures in an elaborate frame of columns and other devices. Card backs of the major leaguers carry the player's full name (another first) and statistics. Card backs of the minor leaguers lack the statistics. The condition of the fragile gold leaf on the borders is an important grading consideration.