1939-46 W462 Exhibits Salutations Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title W462 Salutations Exhibits
Year 1939-46
Size 3 5/16″ x 5 5/16″
Images Sepia
Type Exhibit
Number in Set
63 / 84

W462 Exhibit Salutations Overview

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While most of the W462 Exhibits were printed after 1939, the date we deem as the end of the pre-war card era, this series was started in that year.

84 postcards are in the set, but there are only 63 if you don’t count the variations. In addition to the player’s image (in sepia tone) and a replica of his signature on the front, these also included a short greeting, such as ‘Sincerely’ or ‘Best Wishes.’ Backs of the postcards were entirely blank.

While the set is often referred to as the ‘Salutations’ set, the American Card Catalog does not specifically give it a name.

Numerous variations exist and in most cases, they are minor. One is that the “Made in USA” print is found in either the left or right corners on many of the cards. Other variations exist, too. One involves Andy Pafko (pictured) who has cards with both a blank cap and one with a ‘C’ on it.

PSA has graded nearly 2,000 of these.

83 cards vs. 84 cards

One note here is that ’83’ is often the number cited as far as how many cards are in the master set. However, that is incorrect as there are actually at least 84.

Tommy Holmes has three variations and only two are generally cited. First, Holmes’ cards have two separate greetings – Yours Truly and Sincerely Yours. However, his Yours Truly version has two different variations. One has the ‘An Exhibit Card’ designation, which is also found on some of Marty Marion’s cards. However, one does not.

The ‘An Exhibit Card’ printing is counted as a designation for Marion but is generally not for Holmes, which doesn’t make any sense. Thus, the total number of cards in the master set should be 84 and not 83. It is unknown if there could be more, similar variations.

W462 Exhibit Salutations Checklist

  1. Luke Appling (USA left)
  2. Luke Appling (USA right)
  3. Earl Averill
  4. Red Barrett
  5. Hank Borowy
  6. Lou Boudreau
  7. Dolph Camilli
  8. Phil Cavaretta
  9. Harland Clift
  10. Tony Cuccinello
  11. Dizzy Dean
  12. Paul Derringer
  13. Bill Dickey (USA left)
  14. Bill Dickey (USA right)
  15. Joe DiMaggio
  16. Bob Elliott
  17. Bob Feller (pitching)
  18. Bob Feller (portrait)
  19. Dave Ferris
  20. Jimmie Foxx
  21. Lou Gehrig
  22. Charlie Gehringer
  23. Lefty Gomez
  24. Joe Gordon (Cleveland)
  25. Joe Gordon (New York)
  26. Hank Greenberg (Truly Yours)
  27. Hank Greenberg (Very Truly Yours)
  28. Lefty Grove
  29. Gabby Hartnett
  30. Buddy Hassett
  31. Jeff Heath (large picture)
  32. Jeff Heath (small picture)
  33. Kirby Higbe
  34. Tommy Holmes (Sincerely Yours)
  35. Tommy Holmes (Yours Truly – with ‘An Exhibit Card’)
  36. Tommy Holmes (Yours Truly – without ‘An Exhibit Card’)
  37. Carl Hubbell
  38. Bob Johnson
  39. Charles Keller (USA left)
  40. Charles Keller (USA right)
  41. Ken Keltner
  42. Chuck Klein
  43. Mike Kreevich
  44. Joe Kuhel
  45. Bill Lee
  46. Ernie Lombardi (Cordially)
  47. Ernie Lombardi (Cordially Yours)
  48. Marty Marion
  49. Marty Marion (An Exhibit Card)
  50. Merrill May
  51. Frank McCormick (USA left)
  52. Frank McCormick (USA right)
  53. George McQuinn (USA left)
  54. George McQuinn (USA right)
  55. Joe Medwick
  56. Johnny Mize (USA left)
  57. Johnny Mize (USA right)
  58. Hugh Mulcahy
  59. Hal Newhouser
  60. Buck Newsom
  61. Buck Newson (misspelled)
  62. Mel Ott (USA left)
  63. Mel Ott (USA right)
  64. Andy Pafko
  65. Andy Pafko (with ‘C’ on cap)
  66. Claude Passeau
  67. Howard Pollet (USA left)
  68. Howard Pollet (USA right)
  69. Pete Reiser (USA left)
  70. Pete Reiser (USA right)
  71. Johnny Rizzo
  72. Glenn Russell
  73. George Stirnweiss
  74. Cecil Travis
  75. Paul Trout
  76. Johnny Vander Meer
  77. Arky Vaughan
  78. Fred Walker
  79. Fred Walker (‘D’ on cap)
  80. Bucky Walters
  81. Lon Warneke
  82. Ted Williams
  83. Ted Williams (with #9)
  84. Rudy York

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