Colorful baseball cards picturing Portland players were first issued in 1909. Some of them are pictured here. They were packaged with cigarettes, biscuits, candy, and other products. TheOregon Tobacco Cardsgallery contains interesting companion images.
The series shown here are as follows: 1909, 1910, 1911 T212 Obak Cigarettes (Pacific Coast League and Northwestern League players); 1911 D310 and D311 Pacific Coast Biscuit; 1910, 1911 E99 and E100 Bishop & Co.; 1911 T4 Obak premium; 1911 E100 Type 2 Bishop & Co.; 1911 Western Playground; 1911 T217 Mono Cigarettes; 1911-1939 Zeenuts; 1912 E136 Home Run Kisses; 1923 WG7 Walter Mails; 1937 Wheaties; 1949 Bowman; 1949 Hage's Dairy; 1952-1953 D357-1 and D357-2 Mother's Cookies; and 1961 Union Oil.
Vintage baseball postcards and other rare Portland Beavers memorabilia offer further interesting looks at the teams and players of an earlier era.