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1920 W520 Strip Card Set

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Fast Facts

Year(s) Issued: 1920
Set Designation: W520
Number Cards: 20
Card Size: 1-3/8" x 2-1/4"
Common Card Value (Good Condition): $25
Scarcity Rating: (1 to 10, 10 scarcest):  8

Full W520 Checklist


W520 Strip Card Set

Keys For Collectors

  • Anonymous strip card issue identical to (aside from numbering) the W522 Strip Card issue.
  • The set features 20 color cards (numbered 1-20), with blank banks and a number on the front of the card
  • Cards either feature a color portrait or an action shot with a solid color background
  • While grading companies classify this as a 1920 issue, some speculate that it may have been issued in 1921
  • Set includes cards of Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, Christy Mathewson, George Kelly; notably Zach Wheat and Mike Gonzalez have two cards in the set. 
  • PSA has graded a near equal amount of cards across the W520 and W522 sets; less than 100 for each.
  • The Babe Ruth card in the set is by far the most valuable: PSA has graded 19 copies, so the card is available, but still relatively scarce.  Lower grade copies sell for over $3000.  

W520 vs W522 - How To Tell The Difference?

The W520 and W522 cards are identical aside from the numbering on the front of the cards.  

Here is a closer look at the Babe Ruth card from both sets:

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W520 Babe Ruth

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W522 Babe Ruth

Note that the W520 cards have the numbering on the right bottom, whereas the W522 cards have numbering on the bottom left of the card.

Here's a comparison of the Christy Mathewson cards from the two sets:

W520 Christy Mathewson

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W522 Christy Mathewson


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