The 1920 W522 set consists of 20 cards, each one measuring 1-3/8” x 2-1/4”. Card fronts have either a colorized portrait pose or full-length pose with a pastel background. A white border frames the scene with the player's last name and card number appear at the bottom border. Card backs are blank. This set carries #s 31-50 and uses the same artistic renderings as the 1920 W520 series. Cards for Tris Speaker (#32), Christy Mathewson (#39), Dave Bancroft (#40), and Babe Ruth (#48) anchor the set. Stan Coveleski’s card (#47) misspelled his last name as “Koveleski.” A few cards are known to be short-printed including Mathewson. These W-cards were “strip cards” that had to be cut from complete strips supplied to grocery and candy stores. Though collectors of the day had the opportunity to purchase an entire strip, most individuals would then separate the cards on their own or, more often than not, have the shopkeeper perform the task. As a result, the cards are difficult to find in higher grades but easier to collect in lower grades than other pre-war examples.
|31||Benny Kauf (Kauff)|
|34||Mike Gonzalez (Gonzales)|
|42||Mike Gonzales (Gonzalez)|
|47||Stan Koveleski (Coveleski)|