These postcards were issued by the A.C Dietsche Company in conjunction with the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers in 1907.
The first series of 16 Detroit cards was issued in 1907 followed up with a series of 22 cards in 1908 and finally an additional 4 cards in 1909. The only series of Chicago cards numbering 15 was issued in 1907 and since the cards were only distributed in the Detroit area are scarcer than the Tigers issue. Many collectors consider the Detroit collection complete with the 1907 series making it, with some exception, a fairly easy set to put together. The only rarity is the Cobb fielding card.
These black and white postcards are favorites with collectors. The Tigers because of Ty Cobb, Hughie Jennings and Sam Crawford, the three Hall of Fame players in the set and the Cubs because of Mordecai “Three Fingers” Brown, Frank Chance, Johnny Evers and Joe Tinker, the four Hall of Fame players in the set. Orval Overall is pictured above.
Many checklists for the Tigers 1907 series incorrectly list a two player card picturing Schaefer and O’Leary. Conventional wisdom is that such a card does not exist.
The cards pictured below provide an example of each of the three Detroit series. Mullin as a series 1 card though he also appears in series 2; Stanage a series 2 only card; and Works a series 3 only card.