1937-39 Orcajo Cincinnati Reds Postcards Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title PC786 Orcajo Cincinnati Reds Postcards
Year 1937-39
Size 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
Images Black and White
Type Postcards
Number in Set

PC786 Orcajo Cincinnati Reds Postcards Overview

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The PC786 Orcajo Cincinnati Reds postcards set includes various baseball players. Black and white photos are on the fronts along with identifying player names and the backs include the area for the sender to write his/her message and the recipient address.

Three different advertisers used these images that were produced by Orcajo, a photography company of some sort. The companies using these with their name on them included the Metropolitan Clothing Company, Val Decker Packing, and WHIO radio station. They were also printed without any of those sponsor names as well. Small font on the back identifies the maker as “Orcajo Photo Art, Dayton, Ohio.”

Like T206 baseball cards and other popular sets, not all advertisers printed all postcards. Some of the postcards are exclusive to only one of the three sponsors.

The postcards feature only members of the Cincinnati Reds along with, interestingly, Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees. DiMaggio, born in California, played for the Yankees his entire career so his link to the set isn’t known.

The only real connection to the issue is that DiMaggio played against the Reds in the 1939 World Series. He played well, hitting .313, and was also named the 1939 Most Valuable Player award. Perhaps the company simply wanted to include what was one of the biggest stars in the game.

The postcards are relatively rare and you don’t see many large groups of them up for sale. REA had one with 28 of the 39 cards in the set, though.

The set checklist for this issue is still growing. It was once classified as having 37 cards but two more discoveries a few years ago pushed it to 39.

PC786 Orcajo Cincinnati Reds Postcards

  1. Wally Berger
  2. Nino Bongiovanni
  3. Frenchy Bordagaray
  4. Joe Cascarella
  5. 1939 Cincinnati Reds Team
  6. Allan Cooke
  7. Harry Craft
  8. Kiki Cuyler
  9. George Davis
  10. Ray Davis
  11. Virgil Davis
  12. Paul Derringer
  13. Joe DiMaggio
  14. Linus Frey
  15. Lee Gamble
  16. Ivan Goodman
  17. Hank Gowdy
  18. Lee Grissom
  19. Willard Herschberger
  20. Al Hollingsworth
  21. Hank Johnson
  22. Eddie Joost
  23. Alex Kampouris
  24. Ernie Lombardi
  25. Bill McKechnie
  26. Frank McCormick
  27. Billy Meyers
  28. Whitey Moore
  29. Lew Riggs
  30. Edd Roush
  31. Leo Scarsella
  32. Gene Schott
  33. Milburn Shoffner
  34. Junior Thompson
  35. Johnny Vander Meer
  36. Bucky Walters
  37. Bill Werber
  38. Dick West
  39. Jimmie Wilson

It should be noted while Hank Johnson is reported on my checklists as being a part of this set, I have not seen one yet.

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