1938-39 Cincinnati Reds Set and Checklist (W711-1)

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Title W711-1 Cincinnati Reds
Year 1938-39
Size 2″ x 3″
Images Color
Type Miscellaneous
Number in Set
50

1938-39 W711-1 Cincinnati Reds Overview

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The W711 Cincinnati Reds set consists of various team cards and postcards produced from 1939 through 1956. While most of the sets were created beyond the pre-war era, the 1939 set falls within the boundaries.

Jefferson Burdick classified those issues as W711 in his American Card Catalog. However, a 1938 issue also exists that he did not include in that classification. While the 1938 set was not technically given the W711 designation by Burdick, it is included here because of its similarity to the 1939 release.

These team-issued sets are among the latest releases of the pre-war era. Each one featured cards of members of the Cincinnati Reds. Pictures were printed in color with the player’s name and position printed in a bright orange rectangle at the bottom. The backs included no statistical information but did offer the player’s name and a biography.

The 1938 set includes a total of 23 cards while 1939 has 27. Because they both feature players from the Cincinnati Reds, many players are the same in both sets. Making things worse is that the same pictures were often used.

When two players are in both sets, that can present some difficult in determining which year a particular card is from. The easiest way to tell the difference is usually to check the biographies on the back, most of which (if not all) are different.

Other Sets in the W711 Classification

The set is the first one of the W711 classification and therefore is known as W711-1 by some collectors. The entire W711 series is listed below.

  • W711-1 1939 Reds Cards (color)
  • W711-2 1940 Reds Cards (black and white)
  • W711 1955 Reds Postcards
  • W711 1956 Reds Postcards
  • W711 1956 Reds Pictures
  • W711 1957 Reds Pictures
  • W711 1958 Reds Pictures
  • W711 1959 Reds Pictures

As stated, the 1938 Reds Cards were not given the W711 classification despite the fact that they are very similar to the 1939 set.

1938-39 W711-1 Cincinnati Reds Checklist

1938 Set

  1. Wally Berger
  2. Joe Cascarella
  3. Dusty Cooke
  4. Harry Craft
  5. Ray Davis
  6. Paul Derringer
  7. Linus Frey
  8. Lee Gamble
  9. Ival Goodman
  10. Hank Gowdy
  11. Lee Grissom
  12. Willard Hershberger
  13. Ernie Lombardi
  14. Frank McCormick
  15. Bill McKechnie
  16. Whitey Moore
  17. Billy Myers
  18. Lee Riggs
  19. Edd Roush
  20. Gene Schott
  21. Johnny Vander Meer
  22. Bucky Walters
  23. Jim Weaver

1939 Set

  1. Wally Berger
  2. Nino Bongiovanni
  3. Frenchy Bordagaray
  4. Dusty Cook
  5. Harry Craft
  6. Peaches Davis
  7. Paul Derringer
  8. Linus Frey
  9. Lee Gamble
  10. Ival Goodman
  11. Hank Gowdy
  12. Lee Grissom
  13. Willard Hershberger
  14. Eddie Joost
  15. Wesley Livingood
  16. Ernie Lombardi
  17. Frank McCormick
  18. Bill McKechnie
  19. Whitey Moore
  20. Billy Myers
  21. Lew Riggs
  22. Les Scarsella
  23. Junior Thompson
  24. Johnny Vander Meer
  25. Bucky Walters
  26. Bill Werber
  27. Jimmy Wilson

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