1928 W513 Strip Card Set

‘It’s In The Details’

Title W513 Famous People Strip
Year 1928
Size 1 7/16″ x 2 1/4″
Images Color
Type Strip
Number in Set

W513 Famous People Strip Cards Overview


Jack Sharkey W513 BoxingW513 Rene Lacoste TennisThe W513 strip card set includes various athletes including baseball players, boxers, and more. Cards feature colored images with player names, teams, and card numbers in the bottom border. Backs are blank. About half of the set is comprised of baseball players.

While the set is mostly baseball players, boxers, and non-sports personalities, one interesting card is No. 100. That card features French tennis player Rene Lacoste, who won seven grand slam titles. Lacoste is known by most outside of the sporting world for creating the Lacoste branded clothing.

This is the second series of the W512 set and also includes 50 cards. Because of that, card numbering began for the W513 set at No. 51. It also explains why many of baseball’s big names were absent here. Many had already been included in the W512 issue.

Regarding baseball, it has a much bigger presence in this set. The W512 set had only ten baseball players but there are 26 in this W513 issue. Cards 51-60 are aviators, cards 61-86 are baseball players, and cards 87-99 are boxers. No. 100 is the aforementioned Lacoste card, which is somewhat of an anomaly as the only other type of athlete represented.

One other interesting fact about the set is that it includes two Babe Herman cards. These are different athletes, however. Card No. 84 features Babe Herman the baseball player while Card No. 92 is Babe Herman the boxer.

While the two sets are similar, they also have several key differences, as outlined here.


In terms of rarity, W513 strip cards are tougher than the W512 cards. That almost certainly stems from the fact that the W512 set was produced over three years (1925-27) while W513 was available for only one year.

The rarity also makes completing W513 a little tougher. The W512 set may seem the more difficult of the two to complete with Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth a part of it. From a financial standpoint, that is perhaps true. But the W513 set includes 2 1/2 times as many baseball players as W512 and they are not always easy to find.

PSA’s population report helps show the rarity a little clearer. Despite the fact that there are only ten baseball cards in W512, PSA has graded approximately 750 cards. On average, that comes out to 75 a player, although the numbers are widely skewed because of the rush to grade Cobb and Ruth cards. W513s? PSA has graded only about 500 for the 25 baseball cards – an average of about 20 per player.

Those numbers may be a little biased since there are more big name cards worth grading in the W512 set. Still, the fact that there are nearly four times as many per card (on average) is alarming. Plus, eBay is a pretty good sniff test, too. You generally see about three times as many W512 baseball cards available for sale as you do W513s.

W513 Famous People Strip Cards Checklist

51. Charles Lindbergh
52. Richard Byrd
53. Clarence Chamberlain
54. Charles Levine
55. William Brock
56. Edward Schlee
57. Lloyd Bertaud
58. Joe Medcalf
59. Leslie Hamilton
60. Charles Nungesser
61. Edd Roush
62 Waite Hoyt
63. Gink Hendrick
64. Jumbo Elliott
65. John Miljus
66. Jumping Joe Dugan
67. Smiling Bill Terry
68. Herb Pennock
69. Rube Benton
70. Paul Waner
71. Adolfo Luque
72. Burleigh Grimes
73. Lloyd Waner
74. Hack Wilson
75. Hal Carlson
76. Lou Grantham
77. Wilcey Moore
78. Jesse Haines
79. Tony Lazzeri
80. Al De Vormer
81. Joe Harris
82. Pie Traynor
83. Mark Koenig
84. Babe Herman
85. George Harper
86. Earle Coombs
87. Jack Sharkey
88. Paolino Uzcudun
89. Tom Heeney
90. Jack Delaney
91. Billy Young Stribling
92. Babe Herman
93. Phil Scott
94. Benny Touchstone
95. Sammy Mandell
96. Fidel La Barba
97. Tony Canzoneri
98. Kid Kaplan
99. Phil Rosenberg
100. Rene Lacoste

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