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Strip & Exhibit (W-Cards)

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Jefferson Burdick, the creator of the American Card Catalog classified both Strip Cards and Exhibit Cards under the ‘W’ designation or what he referred to as ‘Album Cards’. 

Strip cards (cataloged in the W500’s) were typically issued in uncut strips and sold at various penny candy or convenience type stores throughout the 1920s and ’30s. The cards were cut from the strip and handed to customers. 

Thus, strip cards typically have rough border cuts. It should be noted that any strip cards that don’t have the normal borders intact will received an ‘Authentic’ grade from the grading companies

Also, included in the ‘Album’ or W category are Exhibit cards (cataloged in the W400’s). These oversized postcard-like issues were sold in vending machines at vending machines in arcades and amusement parks.

Both strip cards and Exhibit cards tend to sell at a discount versus other more popular tobacco, gum or candy issues, and thus represent a more affordable way for collectors to pick up names of big-name players for less. 

Here we list some of the more popular Strip and Exhibit issues. The profiles on each set have not been completed, but we are continually working to complete these.

Featured Resources:
A Collector’s Guide To Prewar Strip Cards
Exhibit Cards: A Comprehensive Guide

Strip Card Baseball Sets

Exhibit and Other W-Card Baseball Sets


1921 W461 Exhibits


1922 W461 Exhibits


1923-24 W461 Exhibits