1941 St. Louis Cardinals Team Set (W754) and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title St. Louis Cardinals
Year 1941
Size2  ″2 1/4 x 2 3/4″
Images Black and White
Type Miscellaneous
Number in Set
30

1941 St. Louis Cardinals Team Set Overview

W754 1941 St. Louis Cardinals Enos SlaughterThis is a 30-card team set for the St. Louis Cardinals that was sold at the team’s stadium. It is similar in appearance to another 1941 set for the St. Louis Browns. This one is categorized as W754 in the American Card Catalog while the Browns’ issue is W753.

The cards are basic looking with a black and white head shot of the subject with a white border. No names are on the front but they are printed on the back as well as statistical and biographical information. The cards are unnumbered. They are easily dated as a 1941 issue with statistics on the back going up to 1940.

The team had a strong season in 1941, finishing with a 97-56 record, good for second place in the National League pennant race. The set is buoyed by Hall of Famers Johnny Mize and Enos Slaughter. The card of Slaughter is particularly attractive as it is a rookie issue, even though he had been in the majors for a few years at the time the set was issued. Hall of Famer Stan Musial was also on the roster as a 20-year-old but did not join the team until later, presumably after creation of the set. In his short time there that year (12 games), he already showed incredible promise, batting .426.

While 30 cards are in the set, not that many players are featured. One card is merely a header card that reads, ‘Presenting the St. Louis Cardinals.’ Several cards of coaches and executives are also included, as is a card of manager Billy Southworth.

W754 1941 St. Louis Cardinals Branch RickeyBranch Rickey Card

Of note is also a card of Hall of Fame executive, Branch Rickey.

Rickey, of course, was later responsible for breaking baseball’s color barrier with the signing of Jackie Robinson. Rickey previously managed the Cardinals and at the time, was the team’s business manager (essentially the general manager).

His card is one of his few contemporary issues as an executive. As a result, it is one of the more valuable cards in the entire set. Whenever it comes up for sale it typically attracts attention because he has so few cards as an executive.

In decent condition, the card starts at around $40-$50 but asking prices can be significantly higher as it is rarely seen.

1941 St. Louis Browns Team Set Checklist

  1. Sam Breadon
  2. Jimmy Brown
  3. Mort Cooper
  4. Walker Cooper
  5. Estel Crabtree
  6. Frank Crespi
  7. Bill Crouch
  8. Miguel Gonzalez
  9. Harry Gumbert
  10. Header Card
  11. Johnny Hopp
  12. Ira Hutchinson
  13. Howie Krist
  14. Eddie Lake
  15. Max Lanier
  16. Gus Mancuso
  17. Marty Marion
  18. Steve Mesner
  19. Johnny Mize
  20. Terry Moore
  21. Sam Nahem
  22. Don Padgett
  23. Branch Rickey
  24. Clyde Shoun
  25. Enos Slaughter
  26. Billy Southworth
  27. Coaker Triplett
  28. Buzzy Wares
  29. Lon Warneke
  30. Ernie White

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