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1910s/1920s 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 have only seen two baseball players – Walter Johnson and Cy Williams. 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.
Also of note is that while both have the general layout, the Johnson stamp does not have the white border on the sides as Williams’ does. These appear to be from the same issue but the missing border (and gold-colored border at the top) on Johnson’s make it slightly different from the Williams stamp.
The date is also a mystery. Both known players were active in the 1910s and 1920s so it is likely from that era. One thing that is known is that this is not a team issue as Johnson played his entire career with the Washington Senators and Williams played for the Cubs and Phillies.
1910s/1920s S-UNC Stamps and Transfers Checklist
A complete checklist for this set is not currently known.