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Lot # 1716 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1938 R69 Gum, Inc. "Horrors of War" Partial Set (201/288)

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,185

Presented is a partial set consisting of 201 different (of 288 in the set) 1938 "Horrors of War" cards, including twenty-two of the forty-eight rare high numbers. 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 display bold colors but have obviously been handled throughout the years. Condition of cards #1-240 is 44% Vg, 26% Gd, and 30% Pr. Condition of the twenty-two high numbers is Vg except #281 (Pr). Keys: #1 "Marco Polo Bridge is Scene of First Fighting" (Vg), 240 "The Frightful Cost of War" (Vg), #283 "Hitler Threatens Force to Free Sudetens" (Vg+), and #286 "Chamberlain Meets Hitler in Peace Effort" (Vg+). This is a substantial original-owner collection of 1938 "Horrors of War" Gum, Inc., bubble-gum cards, representing almost seventy percent of a full set, which provides an outstanding foundation for the assembly of a complete set of this classic nonsport issue. Total: 201 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $1,185

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