It’s In The Details’
|Title||S-UNC Stamps and Transfers
|Size||1″ x 1 1/2″ (approximately)|
|Number in Set
1910s-20s S-UNC Stamps and Transfers Overview
This unclassified stamp/transfer set is largely unknown by collectors. It was certainly unknown to Jefferson Burdick, who did not categorize it in his American Card Catalog.
These stamps are full color and feature portraits of players. To date, I initially had only seen two baseball players (Walter Johnson and Cy Williams) until more surfaced on eBay. In addition to the baseball players, there are boxers in the set as well. They feature a solid color background and the player’s name at the top. The name is repeated at the bottom but written backwards.
The backwards writing, of course, was done for transfer issues so that the text would display correctly when used. But seeing the name printed both regularly and backwards is a bit odd.
The date is also a mystery. Known players appearing in it were active in the 1910s and 1920s so it is likely from that era. It should also be noted that a similar boxing issue featuring the Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney Long Count fight of 1927 is known as well. Thus, it could be a late 1920s issue. The dating is really up in the air.
1910s-20s S-UNC Stamps and Transfers Checklist
I have listed the stamps from this issue that I have seen. However, it is likely that more exist.
- Grover Alexander
- Ty Cobb
- Harry Heilmann
- Rogers Hornsby
- Bill Hunnefield
- Ray Kremer
- Walter Johnson
- Leslie Mann
- Bob O’Farrell
- Edd Roush
- Babe Ruth
- Luke Sewell
- George Sisler
- Phil Todt
- Dazzy Vance
- Waner Brothers (Lloyd and Paul)
- Cy Williams