RE: Tobins First Prize franks
I remember the franks from the two Coral stores. Everything they used came from Sabrett and Marathon - today the same company. I can reproduce them exactly today with Sabrett buns from Marathon Baking Company and Sabrett natural casing franks. Just grill them at low heat for a long time. Detailed instructions can be found in the various Sabrett threads and the New Jersey Hot Dogs thread in this forum.
The reason for the Albany connection is that Tobin's plant was located there before being taken over by Morrell. All I have found at retail is skinless franks. The Price Chopper (pricechopper.com) chain sells them. They have pushed as far south as Middletown, NY. I have seen them from time to time at NYC area markets. Will post if I find some, or perhaps someone else spotted them locally. They only seem to stay for a few months at a time in NYC, though.
The ones I have seen at retail are all beef.