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Lot # 1709 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1939 R165 Gum, Inc. "War News Pictures" Near-Complete Set (135/144) Including Five of the Rare "Dirty Dozen" Cards

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,422

Presented here is a near-complete set of the classic 1939 R165 "War News Pictures" bubble-gum series issued by Gum, Inc., consisting of 135 of the 144 cards, including five of the rare "Dirty Dozen" cards (#109-120). Missing the following nine cards for completion: #38, 111, 112, 113, 117, 118, 119, 120, and 142. The 1939 R165 "War News Pictures" set chronicles the extraordinary world events unfolding at that time. The exceptional graphics and historically significant subject matter of this gum-card issue make it one of the all-time classics of nonsport sets from the 1930s. The twelve rare cards (#109-120) are commonly referred to by advanced collectors as the rare "Dirty Dozen." These twelve cards are among the rarest of all 1930s gum cards and have been a thorn in the side of dedicated nonsport collectors since this set was first issued. This collection has been assembled by a very advanced longtime nonsport collector over a period of many years. Condition is 27% Vg-Ex, 37% Vg, and 36% Pr to Gd. The five rare "Dirty Dozen" cards grade as follows: #109 (Gd+), 110 (Vg), 114 (Pr/Fr), 115 (Gd), and 116 (Gd/Vg). This is an outstanding near-complete set of this classic 1930s nonsport issue, highlighted by the inclusion of five of the extremely rare "Dirty Dozen" cards. Total: 135 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,422

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