‘It’s In The Details’
|Size||1 1/4″ x 2 1/8″
|Images||Color Tint / Black and White
|Number in Set
W565 Strip Card Overview
The 1928 W565 strip card set contains a variety of sports and non-sports subjects but only four baseball players (Lou Gehrig, Harry Heilman, Tony Lazzeri, and Al Simmons). No other players from the four major sports exist but there are six boxers found in the set as well, providing for a total of ten athletes. Actors and actresses lead the non-sports personalities with Charlie Chaplin being one of the key actors featured.
Fronts include player images and the backs of the cards are blank and, uniquely, are blue in color. The fronts also list the players’ names and, where applicable, team. All cards were printed in red ink or black ink against a light background.
A couple of different designs are used for this set. Some included a non-background picture. Others, like the Tony Lazzeri card shown, included an athlete in an oval. The bulk of these utilized a playing card design like the W560 strip cards.
Like some other strip cards, these were printed in sheets. The sets were printed on a total of four sheets – two were red and contained a mixture of hearts and diamonds and two were black with a mix of clubs and spades. Each sheet features 25 cards with five rows of five cards printed on each one.
While the cards are classified today as W565, that is not an American Card Catalog classification and was assigned at some point after Jefferson Burdick’s book. All in all, this isn’t a very attractive issue. The pictures aren’t great and neither is the typed print at the bottom.
A Unique Inclusion and a Disney Connection
In addition to the ten athletes and the non-sports personalities, there’s also one rather unique addition found in the set as well.
A card was printed for cartoon character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Oswald was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, another cartoonist, and was featured in cartoons in the 1920s and 1930s.
Ironically, Oswald was one of the reasons for the creation of a more famous figure. After Oswald’s rights were claimed by Universal Studios, Iwerks created a competing character for Disney – Mickey Mouse.
W565 Strip Card Checklist
The only sports figures are the four baseball players and six boxers listed below.
- Reginald Denny (Boxing)
- Lou Gehrig (Baseball)
- Harry Heilmann (Baseball)
- Ace Hudkins (Boxing)
- Tony Lazzeri (Baseball)
- Benny Leonard (Boxing)
- Izzy Schwartz (Boxing)
- Al Simmons (Baseball)
- Al Singer (Boxing)
- Young Stribling (Boxing)