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Lot # 615 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1934-1936 R327 Diamond Stars Wax-Pack Collection (7) Plus Four R319 Goudey Wax Wrappers

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,185

Presented is a fascinating collection of seven original wax packs from the R327 Diamond Stars series. These one-cent wax packs each contain a single card housed in the colorful red-and-yellow wrapper which features a player pitching against a large red star and "Diamond Stars Chewing Gum" printed boldly in blue letters. However, none of these packs contain a piece of gum, as intended, but instead have been carefully opened and rewrapped. The original young collector who bought these packs in the 1930s was more interested in the chewing gum than the cards and removed the gum without so much as touching the cards, which each remain bright and crisp. The wrappers display wear at the corners, as well as the natural packaging fold lines, and are in overall Vg condition. Since the packs have been opened and the gum removed, we can inspect them to see the cards inside. They are as follows: #38 (Nr/Mt-Mt); 40 (Nr/Mt); 48 Ferrell (HOF, Ex-Mt); 53 (Vg); two 62 (both Ex, centered 15/85 L/R, otherwise Nr/Mt); and 65 (Vg). The two lesser-graded cards have creases that correspond to wear on the packs which likely result from improper storage throughout the years. A single extra card of #40 (Nr/Mt) is also included without a wrapper. Accompanying this collection of Diamond Stars material are four 1933 R319 Goudey wax wrappers (three featuring a batter and one featuring an ad). The wrappers all display natural packaging folds and present in Very Good to Excellent condition. This is an extremely interesting collection of material - not quite unopened packs, but close! - from two very popular 1930s gum-card issues. Total: 12 items (seven unsealed packs, one extra card, and four wrappers). Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,185

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