‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Chicago Cubs Picture Pack
|Images||Black and White / Sepia
|Number in Set
1931-1939 Chicago Cubs Picture Pack Photos Overview
In the 1930s, the Chicago Cubs began issuing team photo sets. The earliest ones came in the pre-war era, but the Cubs continued the sets long after that.
Each set was unique. In general, however, the ones in the 1930s measured somewhere around 6″ wide by 9″ tall. They all included a player’s picture along with his replica signature.
In addition to a 1932 Chicago Cubs picture pack, there was also a second team issue that was similar in appearance.
The backgrounds varied by years. Some, like the one shown, had a stark, black background. Others were white or, in the case of the 1931 set, included an actual background. The images were either black and white or sepia. One interesting thing of note is that the sets did not merely include players. Each one included other personnel in the organization, such as the president, owner, secretary, and trainer.
Despite their age, the sets are relatively inexpensive. Some cost a little more but many can be bought for only a few dollars.
It isn’t clear how these were distributed. The Standard Catalog, however, says at least some were likely sold at concessions during games.