1914 Polo Grounds Set (WG4) and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Polo Grounds Game (WG4)
Year 1914
Size 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
Images Color
Type Game Cards
Number in Set

1914 Polo Grounds Set Overview

14PG 10 Jackson.jpgThe 1914 WG4 Polo Grounds set is a gaming card set featuring 30 different players. The fronts included a black and white player image with specific actions for the game around the borders while the backs included a picture of the iconic Polo Grounds Stadium. While the pictures of players are black and white, the picture of the stadium is printed in green ink.

The set is known today as the Polo Grounds game set. However, that is not its real name. The set is actually called All-Star Card Baseball, as indicated on the box it was distributed in and the instructions sheet. It was distributed by the Card Baseball Company, Inc., located in Norfolk, Virginia. The red box it was packaged in contains gold foil lettering with a generic picture of a batter and a pitcher. A small game board of a playing field was printed inside of the box to simulate actual game play. Small game ‘pegs’ to serve as baserunners was also included in the full game.

Many game cards are less popular as the majority used generic subjects. But this set featuring some of baseball’s biggest names at the time is one of the more sought after game sets.

There are plenty of big names here and like other gaming cards, these are affordable ways to buy stars. The Joe Jackson card is generally the biggest prize here due in part to the small number of times he was featured in sets. But the set has plenty of other big names, including Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner, and others. While Cobb’s card rivals that of Jackson’s in terms of popularity, Jackson’s is perhaps a bit more desirable simply because he has so few cards.

Cards measure approximately 2 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ and are ‘standard size’ issues. Like most game cards they have rounded corners, which makes finding them in mid-grade or even high-grade condition, somewhat easily.

The cards are somewhat rare. To date, PSA has not graded even 1,000 of them. Despite that, as game cards, they are less expensive than most tobacco or candy issues. Commons in this set start around $10-$15 in decent shape.

While 30 different players make up the set, the entire actual set consists of a total of 54 cards as several players were featured more than one time.

1914 Polo Grounds Set Checklist

While 54 cards are technically in the set, a 55th card technically exists as a promotional sale/game card.

  1. Jimmy Archer – Ball
  2. Home Run Baker – Hit
  3. Frank Chance – Ball
  4. Larry Cheney – Strike
  5. Larry Cheney – Strike
  6. Ty Cobb – Hit
  7. Ty Cobb – Hit
  8. Eddie Collins – Ball
  9. Eddie Collins – Ball
  10. Eddie Collins – Strike
  11. Larry Doyle – Ball
  12. Larry Doyle – Ball
  13. Larry Doyle – Foul
  14. Art Fletcher – Ball
  15. Art Fletcher – Ball
  16. Art Fletcher – Strike
  17. Claude Hendrix – Hit
  18. Claude Hendrix – Strike
  19. Joe Jackson – Hit
  20. Hughie Jennings – Strike
  21. Nap Lajoie – Hit
  22. Jimmy Lavender – Hit
  23. Jimmy Lavender – Strike
  24. Fritz Maisel – Hit Batsman
  25. Rabbit Maranville – Ball
  26. Rube Marquard – Ball
  27. Rube Marquard – Ball
  28. Rube Marquard – Ball
  29. Christy Mathewson – Strike
  30. Christy Mathewson – Strike
  31. Christy Mathewson – Strike
  32. John McGraw – Strike
  33. Stuffy McInnis – Ball
  34. Chief Meyers – Ball
  35. Red Murray – Hit
  36. Red Murray – Strike
  37. Eddie Plank – Ball
  38. Eddie Plank – Ball
  39. Nap Rucker – Ball
  40. Reb Russell – Hit
  41. Reb Russell – Strike
  42. Wildfire Schulte – Hit
  43. Wildfire Schulte – Strike
  44. Jim Scott – Ball
  45. Tris Speaker – Hit
  46. Tris Speaker – Hit
  47. Honus Wagner – Hit
  48. Honus Wagner – Hit
  49. Honus Wagner – Hit
  50. Honus Wagner – Strike
  51. Ed Walsh – Ball
  52. Ed Walsh – Ball
  53. Smoky Joe Wood – Hit
  54. Smoky Joe Wood – Strike

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