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1902-11   W600   Sporting Life Cabinets


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Year(s) Published: 1902-11
Hobby Designation:   W600
Set Name: Sporting Life Cabinets
Card Size (inches): 5 x 7-1/2
Number of Cards in Set: 680+
Est. Value (common; VG): $900

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Set Summary
  • Large (600+) card set produced by Sporting Life Newspaper
  • Oversized cards originally offered as premiums from sponsor
  • Black & White player photo (often found with variety of tints)
  • Mounted on heavy cardboard; several design labeling variations
  • Player's name, position and team printed below studio portrait
  • Ad imprint at bottom found in one of four design variations
  • Sponsor ad stamped on back of some cards (example above)
  • W600 cards are classified by collectors as Types 1 through 4 based on the labeling printed across the bottom of four unique variations of mounts. These four W600 Types are illustrated below:

    W600 Mount Type 1
    ("Compliments of;"
    Flower & Leaf Symbol)

    W600 Mount Type 2
    ("Compliments of;"
    Cross Bats & Ball)

    W600 Mount Type 3
    ("Compliments of" Removed;
    Cross Bats & Ball)

    W600 Mount Type 4
    White Print;
    (Cross Bats & Ball)

    1) Jerry Spillman, "1902-11 W600 Sporting Life Cabinets: Overview of a Rare and Important Set," Old Cardboard Magazine, Issue #8 (Summer 2006, p. 24-29)
    2) "1902 Sporting Life Ad Among Earliest to Promote W600 Cabinets," Old Cardboard eNewsletter, Issue #167 (September 2018), Item #4

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