1921 W551 Baseball Uncut Strip-Card Panel Complete Set (10) Including Ruth, Cobb, and Johnson

Sold For: $3,600

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 956

Item Year: 1921

Category: Teens to 1920s cards

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Complete 10-card set of 1921 W551 strip cards, highlighted by eight Hall of Famers including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Walter Johnson, and presented on a single ten-card panel (as issued when originally sold). These colorful cards are referred to as "strip cards" because they were originally issued in uncut sheets or "strips" and were cut apart, as intended, with scissors. In the early days of the organized hobby, strip cards did not "get any respect." It is only in recent years that collectors have begun to appreciate the distinctive look and tremendous value these cards represent. The set features (from left to right) Ruth (HOF), Cobb (HOF), Pipp, Speaker (HOF), Barnes, Stengel (HOF), Bancroft (HOF), Baker (HOF), Johnson (HOF), and Sisler (HOF). The panel is in pristine condition with vibrant colors, flawless registration, very light wear on the corners, no creases or wrinkles, and a perfectly clean blank back. Presented in a ten-card panel as seen here (as opposed to cut into individual cards as usually seen), this complete W551 set is particularly rare, striking, and unusual. Dimensions: 14 x 2.25 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.

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