T206 Was the “Hot New Release” the Last Time the Chicago Cubs Were World Series Champs



By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When the Chicago Cubs last won the World Series in 1908, baseball cards were distributed with tobacco products. It was a long time ago. Lots has changed in the hobby since then. Tobacco gave way to bubble gum. Then gum went by the wayside in favor of fancy packaging.

What if you want to collect cards of the 1908 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs? Where do you look? Because a year’s cards generally cover the previous year, one could argue that it’s T206, one of the most important sets of all-time. You know, the one with the Wagner. It might not be like a team set from today, especially when you consider that T206 cards were released between 1909 and 1911.

But who’s going to complain about looking at classic old cards of the 1908 Chicago Cubs?

Nearly all of the players from the Cubs roster is in the T206 set. A couple are shown with other teams and a couple of players are shown as Cubs that weren’t with them for the World Series. And then there are those who have multiple cards.

Here’s a gallery of the Chicago Cubs found on the 1909-11 T206 checklist. It’s divided up into three sections: those on the World Series roster, those who weren’t and World Series players found in the product on other teams.

T206 Chicago Cubs – 1908 World Series Champions

Mordeci Brown, P

T206 Mordeci Brown Chicago Shirt

Chicago Shirt

T206 Mordeci Brown Portrait


T206 Mordeci Brown Cubs Shirt

Cubs Shirt

Frank Chance, 1B

T206 Frank Chance Batting


T206 Frank Chance Portrait Yellow

Portrait Yellow

T206 Frank Chance Portrait Red

Portrait Red

Johnny Evers 2B

T206 Johnny Evers Portrait


T206 Johnny Evers with Bat Cubs

With Bat – Cubs

T206 Johnny Evers with Bat Chicago

With Bat – Chicago

Solly Hofman, UT

T206 Solly Hofman

Del Howard, OF

T206 Del Howard

Johnny Kling, C

T206 Johnny Kling

Rube Kroh, P

T206 Rube Kroh

Carl Lundgren, P

T206 Carl Lundgren Chicago

Pat Moran, C

T206 Pat Moran

Orval Overall, P

T206 Orval Overall Hand at Face

Hand at Face

T206 Orval Overall Portrait


T206 Orval Overall Hands at Waist

Hands at Waist

Jack Pfiester, P

T206 Jake Pfeister Seated


T206 Jake Pfeister Throwing


Ed Reulbach, P

T206 Ed Reulbach Glove Showing

Glove Showing

T206 Ed Reulbach No Glove

No Glove

Frank “Wildfire” Schulte, OF

T206 Wildfire Schulte Back View

Back View

T206 Wildfire Schulte Front View

Front View

Jimmy Sheckard, OF

T206 Jimmy Sheckard Glove Showing

Glove Showing

T206 Jimmy Sheckard No Glove Showing

No Glove Showing

Harry Steinfeldt, 3B

T206 Harry Steinfeldt Portrait


T206 Harry Steinfeldt With Bat

With Bat

Joe Tinker, SS

T206 Joe Tinker Bat Off Shoulder

Bat Off Shoulder

T206 Joe Tinker Hands on Knees

Hands on Knees

T206 Joe Tinker Bat on Shoulder

Bat on Shoulder

T206 Joe Tinker Portrait


Heine Zimmerman, 2B

T206 Heine Zimmerman

1908 Chicago Cubs with T206 Cards on Other Teams

Jack Hayden

T206 Jack Hayden

Doc Marshall

T206 Doc Marshall

Jimmy Slagle

T206 Jimmy Slagle

T206 Chicago Cubs Not on the 1908 World Series Team

George Brown

T206 George Brown

Harry McIntyre

T206 Harry McIntyre Brooklyn and Chicago


Players on the 1908 Chicago Cubs But Not on the T206 Checklist

Vin Campbell
Andy Coakley
Kid Durbin
Chick Fraser
Bill Mack
Karl Songberg

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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1 comment

  1. Charlie DiPietro 29 October, 2016 at 09:07

    Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown (October 19, 1876 – February 14, 1948), overcame his handicap to become a Hall of Fame pitcher. Due to a farm-machinery accident in his youth (April 17, 1888), Brown lost parts of two fingers on his right hand and in the process gained a colorful nickname. He turned this handicap into an advantage by learning how to grip a baseball in a way that resulted in an exceptional curveball, which broke radically before reaching the plate. With this technique he became one of the elite pitchers of his era.

    According to his biography, he suffered two separate injuries to his right hand. The first and most famous trauma came when he was feeding material into the farm’s feed chopper. He slipped and his hand was mangled by the knives, severing much of his index finger and damaging the others. A doctor repaired the rest of his hand as best he could. While it was still healing, the injury was further aggravated by a fall he took, which broke several finger bones. They were not reset properly, especially the middle finger.

    Even with his mangled right hand, the boy taught himself to pitch by aiming rocks at knot-holes on the barn wall and other wooden surfaces. Over time, with constant practice, he developed great control. As a “bonus”, the manner in which he had to grip the ball resulted in an unusual amount of spin. This allowed him to throw an effective curve ball, and a deceptive fast ball and change-up. The extra topspin made it difficult for batters to connect solidly. He “threw ground balls” and was exceptionally effective.

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