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1936 R144 "Strange True Stories" Near-Complete Set (21/24)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $4,200
Issued by Wolverine Gum, "Strange True Stories" is one of the most outrageous nonsport sets ever issued! Cards are devoted to strange and, well, pretty horrifying stories, especially scary for children, with fairly gruesome artwork. Our kind of set! With titles such as "Drowned by a Giant Clam," "Death in the Sahara," "Murder in the Depths," most cards were capable of providing nightmares. While each card advertises that the set contains 260 cards, unfortunately only the first series of 24 was ever produced. In addition to its rather unique subject matter, "Strange True Stories" is also one of the rarest gum-card sets of the 1930s. Presented are twenty-one different cards, representing a near-complete set, missing only three cards (#14, 16, and 24) for completion. Although this set is relatively modest in grade, with thirteen Gd to Vg and eight Pr to Fr, it remains a very presentable mixed-grade near-complete set of this extremely rare, colorful, and very unusual 1930s set issued by Wolverine Gum. Wolverine Gum of Detroit apparently had a fascination with the bizarre, as its only other card set was its Ripley's "Believe It or Not" issue. Both Wolverine sets are among the most popular of all 1930s issues. Total: 21 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $4,200
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