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1936 R60 Gum, Inc. "G-Men & Heroes of the Law" Complete Set (168) Plus Original Wax Wrapper
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $4,800
Presented is a very rarely offered complete set of all 168 cards comprising the 1936 “G-Men & Heroes of the Law” set issued by Gum, Inc., plus an original wax wrapper and three sample cards from international versions of this popular set. This is one of nonsport-card collecting's all-time classic sets, presenting exciting "official stories" about "G-Men and Famous Police Organizations and Heroes of the Law." One thing the 1930s had plenty of was exciting gangster stories. These cards chronicle law-enforcement adventures in an era that glamorized, at times, both the representatives of law enforcement and the criminals as well. In the world of card collecting, "G-Men" (as the set is often referred to) has always been a very special set. Advanced collectors are well aware that "G-Men & Heroes of the Law" is not a set that is often seen complete, let alone offered in set form. In fact, for decades (really, since 1936) collectors have had to contend with the fact that the set includes five extreme rarities (#28, 57, 88, 94, and 100) and numerous additional rare cards, not to mention the forty-eight rare high-number cards (#201-451), making the completion of the entire set incredibly challenging, and bordering on the impossible. In addition to being one of the most interesting and sought-after of all 1930s gum-card issues, this is a set that simply is rarely completed at all. Condition is 13% Vg-Ex, 39% Vg, 31% Gd, and 17% lesser (including a few that appear to have slight trims or irregular cuts). Keys: #28 G-Men Deliver Death (Vg), #57 Mining For Murder (Gd), #88 Target of Death (Vg-Ex), #94 G-Men Strike In The Dark (Vg), and #100 The Dragnet Snares Its Prey (Pr). An original wax wrapper in Vg-Ex condition with normal fold lines is also included along with three international variations (#13 - Australia, Vg; #29 - France, Pr; and #86 - Belgium, Vg). Gum, Inc.'s 1930s “G-Men & Heroes of the Law” series is one of the most popular nonsport sets ever issued. Its outstanding color, detailed artwork, popular subject matter, and the exciting adventures presented on the backs, all contribute to making this set one of nonsport collecting's all-time classics. Despite the modest assigned grades, this set remains incredibly presentable, with bright color and crisp images throughout. Corner wear is the most common flaw on many of the cards, although creasing is present, especially on many of the cards graded Gd or lesser. This is an outstanding and rarely seen complete set of this very colorful, attractive, and popular 1930s gum issue, accompanied by an exceptional example of the rare wrapper. Total: 171 cards and one wrapper. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $4,800
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