WG6 Tom Barker Game (with Fenway Breweries Overprints) Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title WG6 Tom Barker Game Cards / Fenway Breweries Overprints
Year 1913
Size 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
Images Black and White
Type Game Cards
Number in Set
54

1913 WG6 Tom Barker Overview

WG6 Barker GameThe 1913 WG6 Tom Barker Game set is a collection of 52 playing cards (plus an instructions card and score card). 43 are cards of specific players and the others are action shots from games.

The set was packaged in a standard playing card box with one of the action shots (running looking behind) on the front. Also in the set was an scorecard and rules sheet.

Cards were similar to the WG5 National Game set in terms of look. The fronts had a similar look but the backs did have a slightly different design. The backs were also printed in red ink as the WG5 National Game cards were but the WG6 cards had a different design. The WG6 cards had a picture of a generic batter as well as the Tom Barker name printed on them.

The checklist of between the two sets is nearly identical as well. However, a few different players are substituted in each issue.

Fenway Breweries Overprint

WG6 Barker Game Fenway BreweriesOne interesting development is that these cards were also used as a trade card of sorts by at least one company. The Fenway Breweries Company in Boston, Massachusetts used these same issues and had a unique overprint added to them. It isn’t clear how they used the cards but there is no mention of a promotion that they were inserted in certain products. Instead, the overprint is a basic ad for the company. Printed in red ink, the overprint reads:

“Fenway – The beer without a substitute”
Fenway Breweries Co., Boston, Mass.

Below is information on the game play.

WG6 Tom Barker Game Play

13TB 00 Rules Card.jpgThe game could be played with as many as eight people and required an even number of players. One person and their team (just one person if only two people are playing) would each receive six cards. Each player or team would play their six cards and record either strikes, foul balls, hits, sacrifices, steals, or home runs. Meanwhile, the opposing player or side would respond with one of their cards (reading, double play, triple play, caught stealing, out, one, two, or three).

For example, a player/team on offense could play a steals card to attempt to steal a base. The other player/team would need an ‘out’ or ‘caught stealing’ card to stop him from doing so.

The defense’s ‘one’, ‘two’, and ‘three’ cards are key here. If the player/team does not have an out card and cannot play a double or triple play card, they need to minimize the damage. So if the offensive/player team plays a ‘hit’ card, ideally the defense would want to play a ‘one’ to limit that batter to only one base in the event that they cannot record an out.

Additional six-card distributions would continue to be made until three outs were recorded. When three outs were recorded, the other player/team would then go to bat.

WG6 Tom Barker Game Checklist

  1. Grover Alexander
  2. Home Run Baker
  3. Chief Bender
  4. Bob Bescher
  5. Joe Birmingham
  6. Roger Bresnahan
  7. Nixey Callahan
  8. Bill Carrigan
  9. Frank Chance
  10. Hal Chase
  11. Fred Clarke
  12. Ty Cobb
  13. Sam Crawford
  14. Jake Daubert
  15. Red Dooin
  16. Johnny Evers
  17. Vean Gregg
  18. Clark Griffith
  19. Dick Hoblitzell
  20. Miller Huggins
  21. Joe Jackson
  22. Hughie Jennings
  23. Walter Johnson
  24. Ed Konetchy
  25. Nap Lajoie
  26. Connie Mack
  27. Rube Marquard
  28. Christy Mathewson
  29. John McGraw
  30. Chief Meyers
  31. Clyde Milan
  32. Marty O’Toole
  33. Nap Rucker
  34. Tris Speaker
  35. George Stallings
  36. Bill Sweeney
  37. Joe Tinker
  38. Honus Wagner
  39. Ed Walsh
  40. Zack Wheat
  41. Ivy Wingo
  42. Smoky Joe Wood
  43. Cy Young
  44. Batter Swinging, Looking Forward
  45. Batter Swinging, Looking Back
  46. Play at Home, Runner Standing
  47. Runner Looking Backwards
  48. Runner Sliding, Fielder at Bag
  49. Runner Sliding, Hugging Base
  50. Runner Sliding, Umpire Behind
  51. Sliding into Home, Umpire at Left
  52. Sliding into Home, Umpire at Right
  53. Rules Card
  54. Score Card

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