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Lot # 1788 (1788 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1939 R165 Gum, Inc. "War News Pictures" Rare "Dirty Dozen" Cards (#109-120) - Presented on Two Uncut Sheets!

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $16,800

Presented here are the extremely rare "Dirty Dozen" cards from the classic 1939 R165 "War News Pictures" bubble-gum series issued by Gum, Inc. Remarkably, the twelve cards are presented on two uncut sheets of six cards each. This is the only set of uncut sheets featuring these rare cards that we have ever seen. The "War News Pictures" set chronicles the extraordinary world events unfolding at this time, and the exceptional graphics and historically significant subject matter of this gum-card issue make it one of the all-time classics of nonsport sets from the 1930s. The twelve rare cards (#109-120) are commonly referred to by advanced collectors as the "Dirty Dozen." These twelve cards are among the rarest of all 1930s gum cards and have been a thorn in the side of dedicated nonsport collectors since this set was first issued. Some collectors believe that these cards were not issued in packs, and that they could only be acquired if an example escaped the factory or by cutting them from panels and sheets that were not available to the public. The latter theory would explain the hand-cut nature of many examples and also perfectly explain the existence of these two uncut sheets. Each sheet presents beautifully with brilliant colors, flawless surfaces, and crisp images. Light corner wear is present on both sheets (common due to the size of each sheet, which measure 9-3/8 x 5 inches), and a vertical crease (most noticeable from the reverse) is present from top to bottom on the sheet containing cards #112-114 and 118-120. The reverse of each sheet is fully printed, with heavy glue residue covering the entire surface. A small spot of paper loss is present on the sheet containing cards #112-114 and 118-120 (not affecting any text), while two larger spots of paper loss are present on the other sheet. Such flaws are common on these types of sheets, which were once likely glued into sample books or affixed to proofing boards within the Gum, Inc., offices. These are the cards that have long stood in the way of the completion of so many R165 sets and are found only in the most advanced nonsport collections. This is an outstanding opportunity to acquire all twelve "Dirty Dozen" rare cards at one time in a fascinating and extremely rare uncut form. Total: 2 uncut sheets. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $16,800

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