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1938 R69 Gum, Inc. "Horrors of War" Near-Complete Set (213/288) Including All 48 Rare High Numbers!
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,422
Presented is a partial set consisting of 213 different (of 288 in the set) 1938 "Horrors of War" cards, including all forty-eight of the rare high numbers (#241-288). Issued by Gum, Inc., “Horrors of War” is perhaps the single most famous nonsport-card set ever issued. The exceptionally colorful graphics and politically charged descriptions on their reverses also made this series one of the most controversial sets ever issued. "Horrors of War" was originally planned to be 240 cards, and was even sold as a 240-card boxed set. Later the forty-eight high-number cards (#241-288) were added to the set. The high-number series cards are particularly rare. The cards in the offered collection almost all display bold colors but have obviously been handled throughout the years. Condition of the 165 cards #1-240 is 12% Vg-Ex, 50% Vg, 25% Gd, and 13% lesser. Condition of the forty-eight high numbers is 73% Vg to Vg-Ex and 27% lesser. Keys: #1 "Marco Polo Bridge Is Scene of First Fighting" (Vg), 277 "Hitler's Border Tour Raises War Scare" (Gd), 283 "Hitler Threatens Force to Free Sudetens" (Vg-Ex), and 286 "Chamberlain Meets Hitler in Peace Effort" (Fr). Missing the following cards for completion: #3, 15, 18, 20, 24, 25, 28-33, 35-38, 40, 42, 44-46, 62, 78, 80, 84, 149-162, 170, 176, 193, 194, 201-206, 208, 209, 212-220, 222, 225, 227-235, and 237-240. One card (#9) is a Canadian variety. This is a very substantial collection of 1938 "Horrors of War" Gum, Inc., bubble-gum cards, originating from the family of the original owner, including all forty-eight rare high numbers and providing an outstanding foundation for the assembly of a complete set of this classic nonsport issue. Total: 213 cards. Reserve $400. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,422
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