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1936 R60 Gum, Inc. G-Men & Heroes of the Law Complete Set (168) Plus 24 Variations, 61 Duplicates, and Original Wax Wrapper
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,036.25
Presented is a rarely offered complete set of all 168 cards comprising the 1936 “G-Men & Heroes of the Law” set issued by Gum, Inc. This is one of nonsport-card collecting's all-time classic sets, featuring exciting "official stories" about "G-Men and Famous Police Organizations and Heroes of the Law." One thing the 1930s had in plenty was exciting gangster stories. These cards chronicle law enforcement adventures in an era that glamorized, at times, both the representatives of law enforcement and the criminals. In the world of card collecting, "G-Men" (as the set is often referred to) has always been a very special set. Advanced collectors are well aware that "G-Men & Heroes of the Law" is not a set that is often seen complete, let alone offered in set form. In fact, for decades (really, since 1936) collectors have had to contend with the fact that the set includes five extreme rarities (#28, 57, 88, 94, and 100) and numerous additional rare cards, not to mention the forty-eight rare high-number cards (#201-451), making the completion of the entire set incredibly challenging. In addition to being one of the most interesting and sought-after of all 1930s gum-card issues, this is a set that simply is rarely completed at all. Condition composite: The low-number series cards (#1-196) grade as follows: 90% Vg to Vg-Ex (with some Ex) and 10% lesser (mostly Gd). The high-number series cards (#201-451) grade as follows: 55% Vg-Ex, 24% Vg, and 21% Gd (two lesser). Keys: #28 G-Men Deliver Death (Gd-Vg), 57 Mining For Murder (Vg-Ex), 88 Target of Death (Pr/Fr), 94 G-Men Strike In The Dark (Vg-Ex+), and 100 The Dragnet Snares Its Prey (Gd/Vg). Also included: twenty-four (twenty-one different) variation cards (#1-24), which are the much rarer version without any sign of incorporation. They grade thirteen Vg (with a few better including #2 PSA EX+ 5.5) and eleven Pr to Gd. Sixty-one duplicates (including two high numbers) are included and grade fifty-three Gd to Vg (with four better including #16 PSA VG-EX 4) and four Pr. Accompanying this set is the colorful wax wrapper in which these cards were packaged which is in overall Excellent condition with normal fold lines visible. The Gum, Inc., 1930s “G-Men & Heroes of the Law” series is one of the most popular nonsport sets ever issued. Its outstanding color, detailed artwork, popular subject matter, and the exciting adventures presented on the backs, all contribute to making this set one of nonsport collecting's all-time classics. This is an extremely attractive complete set (plus twenty-four variations and sixty-one additional accompanying duplicates) of this very colorful and popular 1930s gum issue. Total: 253 cards and one wrapper (complete set of 168 cards, plus 24 variation cards, and 61 duplicates). Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $5,036.25
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