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Old 11-15-2006, 07:18 AM
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Posted By: Al C.risafulli

Hi All:

I'm hoping that you guys can help me figure something out.

I've been slowly working on a 1928 W502 set over the last few months. These cards don't come around very often; it seems like everybody has one or two, but except for one friend I have yet to meet anyone who has a significant accumulation of these. So it's been a slow slog, getting through the set. Right now I have about 15 of the 62 cards.

One thing I'm finding is that there's a bit of a mystery about the backs. Perhaps it's because I haven't spoken with the right person yet, but nobody seems to be able to shed any light on the many variations - so I figured I would do it myself.

From what I can see, there may be as many as 18 different back variations of these cards - which is interesting to me, since there seems to be so little interest in these and so little history about how and where they were distributed.

I'm hoping that you folks could chip in and help me out, by checking out any W502s you may have, and then posting in this thread what you see on the back. What I'm looking for is this:

1) Player name and card number
2) What's printed specifically on the back (i.e. "ONE BAGGER - Hold What You Got", "ONE BAGGER", "THREE BAGGER", "HOME RUN", blank back, etc.)
3) What direction the printing is oriented - on some cards, when you flip it over, the printing goes left to right from the bottom to the top of the card. On others, the printing goes from the top to the bottom.

I'm hoping to get an understanding of what cards are out there, what all the different variations are, and if there is any relationship between the player and what's printed on the back.

Feel free to share f/b scans if you like.

Thank you in advance for your help - I'll be sure to publish what I find right here.

Regards,
-Al

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Old 11-15-2006, 08:21 AM
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Posted By: CLAUDE

Just got 12 back from SGC last week....all have blank backs. Also had a Ruth & Gehrig a few months ago that were also blank backs. I can post scans when I get home tonite.

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Old 11-15-2006, 08:26 PM
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Posted By: Gilbert Maines

#13 Rogers Hornsby

Back top to bottom:
ONE BAGGER
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Posted By: cmoking

Ruth
back: one bagger
it reads bottom to top

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Posted By: Brian

Very nice Ruth....if you ever want to part with it, please let me know!

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Old 11-15-2006, 10:24 PM
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Posted By: CLAUDE

Ruth & Gehrig.....blank backs.

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Old 11-16-2006, 06:10 AM
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Posted By: Al C.risafulli

Thanks, guys. I appreciate your help.

Please keep 'em coming! I know there's got to be more W502s out there than just these!

-Al

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Old 11-16-2006, 12:54 PM
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Posted By: cmoking

Al, do you know how the W502 were issued? Were they issued with some product. I think most or maybe all (except the Ruth maybe) has the same image as the 1928 Ice Cream cards - Yuengling, Tharps, Harrington.

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Old 11-16-2006, 07:58 PM
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Posted By: Al C.risafulli

I have no idea, King. I don't think anybody does.

My suspicion, based on the fact that the redemption cards are for prizes like candy, baseballs, etc., that they were issued by a store. Perhaps they were a generic promotion to be used by multiple stores. It's a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma.

I haven't seen all the cards yet, so I can't tell you if the poses are identical to the 1928 ice cream issues (I haven't seen all the ice cream issues either).

I'd love to be able to learn some more detail about the backs, though, it would be awesome if some other 54 members would be willing to chip in some info about their own W502s so that we could all learn something about a set that nobody seems to fully understand. I know the cards are out there; it seems like every prewar collector has one or two.

-Al

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Posted By: Paul

I've got five of them, & I'll post the requested back info this Saturday or Sunday.

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