Next, 1920 W 516-1. This strip card set consists of 30 cards featuring color drawings, either portraits or full length action poses. The blank backed cards measure 1 1/2 x 2 1/2. The players name, position, and team appear beneath the picture in hand printed style. To the right of the name is the card number. The set can be identified by an ifs copyright symbol representing international feature service. There is only one phillie in this set, George (Dave) Bancroft valued at $100.
Next, the 1929 w516-1-2. This set is a re-issue of the w516-1-1 set with several changes. The pictures are reverse images of w516-1-1, and are printed only in black, red, and yellow. Well cut, the blank backed cards measure a nominal 1 1/2 x 2 3/8. The cards display a backwards ifc copyright symbol. Again, the only phillie in the set is Dave Bancroft valued at $100.
Next is 1921 W516-2-1. This set is essentially a re-issue of the w516-1 set with several changes. The pictures are reverse of w516-1 and are printed only in red and blue. Cards have been re-numbered and have player identification in type set serif style. The blank backed cards measure about 1 1/2 x 2 3/8. They display a backwards ifc symbol. Phillies in the set are Jimmy Ring valued at $50 and Dave Bancroft at $75.
Next is, 1921 w516-2-2. This set is yet another variation in the w516 family. In numbering, it parallels w516-2-1. Though the topography is in the same sans-serif font as w516-1, like w516-2-1 the player pictures have been reversed. Well cut, the blank backed cards measure a nominal 1 1/2 x 2 1/4. The cards display a backwards ifc copyright symbol in the picture portion. Phillies in the set are Jimmy Ring at $50 and Dave Bancroft at $75.
The next set is 1931 w517. The 54 player w 517 is an issue of 3 x 4 cards generally found in a sepia color, though other colors are known. The cards feature a player photo as well as his name and team. The card number appears in a small circle on the front, while the backs are blank. The set is heavy in stars of the period including 2 babe ruth cards. The cards were sold in vertical strips of 3 cards. Some cards were found with baseball plays in a line at the top. Complete set prices do not include variations. The set was reprinted in 3 card format circa 2000. Be on the lookout for these cards being sold as originals. Phillies in this set are Chuck Klein at $130, and Lefty O'Doul at $75. Highest cards in the set are two variations of a Babe Ruth card.
The last one for today, 1931 w517 mini. Little is known about these smaller format cards, 1 3/4 x 2 3/4 version of the w517 strip cards. They are identical in design to the more common 3 x 4 cards, although some but not all have the card number in circle found on regular w517. It is presumed but not confirmed that all 54 of the regular version can be found in the mini size, as well as several color variations. The minis are 3x higher in value than the regular issue.
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