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1941 R157 Gum, Inc. Uncle Sam Complete Set (96) and R158 Uncle Sam's Home Defense Complete Set (48) Plus Original Wax Wrappers
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,040
Presented are complete sets of two of the 1940s most popular nonsport-card issues: a 96-card complete set of R157 "Uncle Sam" (#1-96) and a 48-card complete set of the related R158 "Uncle Sam's Home Defense" (#97-144). Each set is accompanied by an original wax wrapper. These cards, issued by Gum, Inc., in 1941, feature military men in various scenes of battle and training as well as depicting the civilian efforts on the homefront of a nation newly entered into a second World War. Their outstanding color, detailed artwork, historically significant subject matter, and the exciting narratives presented on the backs all contribute to making this set (though catalogued as two separate sets, they are really one set, and they are numbered continuously) one of nonsport collecting's all-time classics. The R157 set is complete at ninety-six cards, while the R158 set is an extension of the R157 series and is broken into a low-number series (#97-120) and a more challenging high-number series (#121-144). Condition of the R157 set is 13% Ex, 43% Vg-Ex, 32% Vg, and 12% lesser. Condition of the R158 low-numbers (#97-120) is six Vg-Ex, thirteen Vg, and five lesser. Condition of the R158 high-numbers (#121-144) is six Vg-Ex, seven Vg, and eleven lesser. Between the two sets there are a few cards with evidence of a natural miscut or slight trim. Also included are original wax wrappers for both the R157 (Ex) and R158 (Fr) sets. These are two extremely attractive sets of these high-quality wartime gum cards with far better eye-appeal than suggested by their technically accurate assigned grades. Compared to baseball cards of the same era, these early nonsport cards, which are at least as scarce, represent a particularly outstanding value. Total: 144 cards and 2 wax wrappers. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,040
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