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1909   W555   "Strip Card" Set

Year(s) Published: 1909
Hobby Designation:   W555
Set Name: W555
Card Size (inches): 1-1/4 x 1-5/16
Number of Cards in Set: 68+
Est. Value (common; VG): $55

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Set Summary
  • Black-and-white postage-stamp-sized cards with dark borders
  • Scarce 1909-era cards handcut from boxes of candy
  • Set would therefore more properly be labeled as E-Cards
  • Card size stated is to white line outside first dark border
  • Player name & team printed in white panel at card bottom
  • All cards are unnumbered and have blank backs
  • Similar player poses are found in E93, E94, E97 & E98 sets
  • References:

    1) Editor's Notebook, "Century-Old Mystery Solved; New Questions Raised" (Old Cardboard magazine, Issue #12, Summer 2007, p. 8)

    2) Robert Adesso and Lyman Hardeman, "The Mystery of the W555s: Strip Cards or E-Card Superset?" (Old Cardboard magazine, Issue #30, Fall 2013, p. 21)

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