1923 W580 Strip Card Set and Checklist

‘It’s In The Details’

Title W580 Strip
Year 1923
Size 1 1/2″ x 2 5/8″
Images Black and White
Type Strip
Number in Set
60 (?)

W580 Strip Card Overview

w580-jack-dempsey-boxing.jpgThese strip cards featured the biggest names in boxing of the time period. But even many years after their printing, a complete checklist may not be fully confirmed yet.

The cards are black and white using real pictures of boxers. They have semi-thick white borders around the exterior of the card and most have a thin border line around their picture. A few, however, such as Jack Johnson and Adolphus Wolgast, are printed without them and against full blank backgrounds instead, offering a slightly different look from the rest.

In all, this is a basic set with a standard image the the boxer’s name and weight class at the bottom. Like most other strip issues, the backs of these cards are blank.

W590 Confusion

These cards are often confused for W590 strip cards by even experienced collectors of pre-war cards. But while the layout is the same, they are actually relatively easy to distinguish from each other based on their font. W590 strip cards have a serif font (i.e. Times New Roman with lines on the tips of the letters) whereas these cards do not.

When in doubt, collectors should assume a card is from the W580 set than the W590 one more often than not. While the W580 strip card set is comprised entirely of boxers and includes at least 60 of them, the W590 strip card set is a multi-sport issue with only about 1/4 or 1/5 of the boxers in this issue. The W590 boxing cards are generally harder to find.

The set is headlined by Jack Dempsey, Jack Johnson, John Sullivan, and Gene Tunney, with numerous other big names, including Jim Jeffries.

Uncut Strips

Like other strip card issues, uncut strips of these cards are seen from time to time. The same one featuring Jack Johnson as the second card from the left is commonly seen and could have either been printed in large quantities or be a very similar-looking, though entirely different, issue altogether.

W580 Strip Card Checklist

While a checklist may not be yet confirmed, this list put together on the Net54 site could be complete.

  1. Abe Attell
  2. Joe Bernstein
  3. Bill Brennan
  4. Jack Britton
  5. Johnny Buff
  6. Sailor Burke
  7. Georges Carpentier
  8. Joe Choynski
  9. Mel Coogan
  10. Jim Corbett
  11. Young Corbett
  12. Leach Cross
  13. Jack Dempsey
  14. George Dixon
  15. Johnny Dundee
  16. Frank Erne
  17. Luis Angel Firpo
  18. Bob Fitzsimmons
  19. Young Bob Fitzsimmons
  20. Sailor Freedman
  21. Joe Gans
  22. Frankie Genaro
  23. Mike Gibbons
  24. Tommy Gibbons
  25. Abe Goldstein
  26. Young Griffo
  27. Jim Jeffries
  28. Floyd Johnson
  29. Jack Johnson
  30. Stanley Ketchel
  31. Frank Klaus
  32. Kid Lavigne
  33. Benny Leonard
  34. Ted Lewis
  35. Joe Lynch
  36. Peter Maher
  37. Kid McCoy
  38. Packey McFarland
  39. Terry McGovern
  40. Mike McTigue
  41. Billy Miske
  42. Frank Moran
  43. Owen Moran
  44. Pal Moran
  45. Battling Nelson
  46. Philadelphia Jack O’Brien
  47. Mike O’Dowd
  48. Billy Papke
  49. Jack Renault
  50. Willie Ritchie
  51. Tommy Ryan
  52. John L. Sullivan
  53. Lew Tendler
  54. Gene Tunney
  55. Charlie White
  56. Jimmy Wilde
  57. Jess Willard
  58. Kid Williams
  59. Harry Wills
  60. Ad Wolgast

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