I understand why some of them are looked down on. I mean look at the W9316 set for example. They are just plain ugly. But there are some strip sets that I am really drawn to. Why do they call them strip cards to begin with? Well, they were originally issued is strips of cards that were meant to be cut apart into individual cards. Because of this many of them are torn apart terribly and the condition is horrible.
Some kids back in the day would tear them apart instead of cut them. High grade examples are rare because of this. Even when they are cut really well, the TPGs will label them as Hand Cut with or without a numerical grade. Since they are all hand cut from strips I have no problem with them grading Authentic without a number.
Let's start with the W519-1-1 numbered set. Here is a nice group picture of the set courtesy OldCardboard.com.
I really like the various portraits and player selection. It's not full of the same old players that are in every other set. There are only two cards that aren't portraits. And I'm really drawn to all the different colored backgrounds.
The next set I really like is the W520 set. Again, here is an image of the set courtesy OldCardboard.com.
What I really like about this set is the mix of portraits and action shots. The colorful backgrounds look awesome when they are all together as well. There are actually two examples of Zach Wheat in this set for some reason. One portrait pose and one action shot. There is a really nice Babe Ruth card in this set showing the Bambino throwing.
Another interesting thing about the W520 set is that it is exactly the same as the W522 set but numbered differently. W520 is numbered 1 - 20 while the W522 is numbered 31 - 50. In my experience the W522s seem to show up for sale more often as well.
So don't disregard all strip sets equally when you think about them. Some of these sets are really nice, small sets that have several HOFers. I mean both of these two have Babe Ruth in them.
What do you guys think about strip sets? Not just these ones, but any strips in general.
Enjoy the hobby all...it's a sweet one.