1935 M120 Detroit Free Press Tigers Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title M120 Detroit Free Press Tigers
Year 1935
Size 9″ x 11″
Images Color
Type Publications
Number in Set
18

M120 Detroit Free Press Tigers Supplements Overview

M120 18 Owen.jpg

This set of 18 photos was produced by the Detroit Free Press, focusing on only the hometown Detroit Tigers. The pictures could be received by redeeming coupons from the newspaper in 1935. That was helpful because the aesthetics of the supplements were not restricted to the newspaper’s look.

Many supplements in other publications were black and white or sepia toned while being printed on the same type of paper as the publication. But as a separate issue, that allowed for these supplements to be a bit nicer.

The photos were approximately 9″ x 11″ and featured full color photos of the team. That squad was well-represented by big names including Hall of Famers Mickey Cochrane, Charlie Gehringer, Goose Goslin, and slugger Hank Greenberg.

Appearance wise, the pictures were full-color portraits of players. Each photo had a white border with the player’s name at the bottom and an interior color border that varied between players. Unfortunately, they were printed on relatively thin stock, which makes them easy to damage.

Four colors were prominent in the photos – blue, green, red, and yellow. Those four colors are used in the interior border and also as the backgrounds. Backs of them are blank.

Joe Louis and Others

Joe Louis M120 Detroit Free PressIn addition to the baseball supplements,  few other similar looking premiums from the Detroit Free Press are known, too.

Most notably, a premium with the same style was issued for boxing great Joe Louis. Louis’ photo is slightly different since it includes a short description for him (“Detroit Free Press Golden Gloves Graduate and Aspirant for World’s Heavyweight Championship”). However, the newspaper basically used the same design and that has led some to checklist Louis with the baseball players.

But while the design is virtually the same, putting Louis in this set doesn’t make much sense since all others are baseball players.

Louis was not the only non-baseball player supplement created by the Free Press. Other non-sports personalities were issued by them, though, those have an even different format.

M120 Detroit Free Press Tigers Checklist

Further, while a checklist of 26 cards has been promoted by other sources, those lists are believed to be in error.

  1. Elden Auker
  2. Tommy Bridges
  3. Flea Clifton
  4. Mickey Cochrane
  5. Alvin Crowder
  6. Pete Fox
  7. Charlie Gehringer
  8. Goose Goslin
  9. Hank Greenberg
  10. Ray Hayworth
  11. Chief Hogsett
  12. Marvin Owen
  13. Billy Rogell
  14. Schoolboy Rowe
  15. Vic Sorrell
  16. Joe Sullivan
  17. Gerald Walker
  18. Jo-Jo White

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