1940 Michigan Sportservice Detroit Tigers Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Michigan Sportservice Detroit Tigers
Year 1940
Size 4 1/8″ x 6 1/4″
Images Black and White
Type Publications
Number in Set
21

1940 Michigan Sportservice Detroit Tigers Overview

1940 Michigan Sportservice Earl AverillThis set featured the 1939 Detroit Tigers and was sponsored by Michigan Sportservice, Inc. This is often referred to as a card set but measuring larger than 4″ x 6″, it’s really more a set of small photographs.

Each card/photo is black and white, featuring a head shot of a player with their replica signature. The front also includes the Detroit Tigers name and Tiger head logo along with the player’s name and some biographical information. Fronts also include the Michigan Sportservice, Inc. name as well as a warning against unauthorized reproductions. Backs are blank.

Dating the set has been a bit confusing. The cards/photos have a 1939 copyright date and they are often listed as a 1939 issue because of that. However, the cards are said to have been distributed to fans that wrote to the team and its players in 1940.

The set includes several key figures, including Hall of Famers Hank Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer, Earl Averill, and Hal Newhouser — Newhouser’s can even be considered a rookie card of sorts as he was a rookie in 1939, the year this set was copyrighted.

1940 Michigan Sportservice Detroit Tigers Checklist

  1. Earl Averill
  2. Dick Bartell
  3. Beau Bell
  4. Al Benton
  5. Tommy Bridges
  6. Frank Croucher
  7. Pete Fox
  8. Charlie Gehringer
  9. Hank Greenberg
  10. John Gorsica
  11. Pinky Higgins
  12. Fred Hutchinson
  13. Red Kress
  14. Barney McCosky
  15. Archie McKain
  16. Hal Newhouser
  17. Buck Newsom
  18. Schoolboy Rowe
  19. Birdie Tebbetts
  20. Dizzy Trout
  21. Rudy York

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