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1938 R69 Gum, Inc. “Horrors of War” Proof-Card Collection (63)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,100
Presented is an extremely impressive and unparalleled collection of sixty-three blank-back proof cards from Gum, Inc.'s "Horrors of War" series, each encapsulated as "Authentic" by SGC. This incredible hoard originated long ago directly from the files of Gum, Inc. These proof cards have been saved for decades by the family of the pioneer collector who originally obtained these (and who personally knew George Moll as well as many others involved with Gum, Inc. decades ago). These sixty-three cards are "proof" cards kept by Gum, Inc. for its internal archives to document the cards it produced. The Gum Inc. "Horrors of War" series is perhaps the most famous of all nonsport issues. The sensational and often gruesome artwork of the "Horrors of War" set created a tremendous stir when these cards were issued in 1938, literally putting Gum, Inc. on the map, and setting the stage for many successful years of card production. This collection consists of the following: #25, 26, 33, 36, 39, 41, 44, 45, 49, 50, 51, 52, 56, 60, 61, 62, 64, 68, 71, 75, 76, 78, 80, 81, 86, 87, 89, 91, 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 100, 103, 104, 105, 106, 108, 110, 116, 117, 118, 120, 122, 124, 125, 126, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 140, 141, and 142. Each proof card measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches, the exact same size as the issued card. All are in overall approximately Excellent or better condition, with minor flaws characteristic of file-copy proof cards, including production-related glue stains and pencil-notated card numbers on the blank reverses. This is an especially noteworthy offering as it represents the first time, to the best of our knowledge, that any quantity of "Horrors of War" file-copy proof cards has been offered for sale at public auction as well as representing the largest collection of proof cards from this popular set that we know of. Broken up or kept as a collection, these would be a superb addition to even the most advanced nonsport-card collection! Total: 63 proof cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,100
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