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1920s W516 Strip-Card Collection (52) with 23 Hall of Famers Including Two Babe Ruth
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,700
Outstanding collection of fifty-two different W516 strip-cards from the 1920s, highlighted by twenty-three Hall of Famers, including Babe Ruth (two), Ty Cobb (two), Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson. The W516 strip-card series is broken into five different sets, four of which are represented here, each distinguishable by its design. This collection consists of the following: 1) 1920 W516-1 (11 cards): #2, 9 Alexander (HOF), 11, 12 Barnes (HOF), 13, 14, 17, 19, 26, 28, and 29 Rousch (HOF). Condition is mostly Gd, with a few lesser. 2) 1920 W516-1-2 (10 cards): #1 Ruth (HOF, Fr), 2, 3, 4 Schalk (HOF), 5 Speaker (HOF), 6 Cobb (HOF), 7 Hornsby (HOF), 8, 9 Alexander (HOF), and 10. Condition is Fr to Gd, with one Vg (Cobb). 3) 1921 W516-2-1 (10 cards): #21 Bancroft (HOF), 22 Rousch (HOF), 23, 24 Hooper (HOF), 25, 26, 27 Mathewson (HOF), 28 Collins (HOF), 29, and 30 Cicotte (Black Sox). Condition is Vg-Ex to Ex-Mt, with three lesser, including Rousch and Cicotte. 4) 1921 W516-2-2 (21 cards): #1, 2 Alexander (HOF), 3 Johnson (HOF), 4 Hornsby (HOF), 6 Cobb (HOF), 7 Schalk (HOF), 8, 9 Speaker (HOF), 9, 10 Ruth (HOF, SGC GOOD 30), 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 Barnes (HOF), 20, and 21 Bancroft (HOF). Condition is Vg-Ex to Ex-Mt, with eight lesser (mostly Vg), including Alexander, Cobb, and Ruth. Strip cards, of course, are by definition hand-cut, as intended, and are therefore often encapsulated by the third-party grading companies as "Authentic" even if they appear high grade, due to the cuts affecting a small portion of the cutting guide lines. REA grades strip cards slightly differently than the grading companies do. The grades we have provided above do not downgrade the cards for any minor cutting flaws which are natural to strip cards. If submitted to PSA or SGC, it is likely that some of these cards would only grade "Authentic." This is a very attractive and substantial strip-card collection with numerous highlights! Total: 52 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $2,700
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