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1936 R60 Gum, Inc. "G-Men & Heroes of the Law" Complete Set (168)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $7,050.00
Exceptionally attractive and very rarely offered complete set of all 168 cards comprising the 1936 “G-Men & Heroes of the Law” set issued by Gum, Inc. 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 to offer 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. In fact, this is the first complete set of "G-Men & Heroes of the Law" that we have ever had the privilege of offering. Condition composite: The low-number series cards (#1-196) grade as follows: 20% Ex, 52% Vg-Ex, and 28% Vg (with a few slightly lesser). The high series cards (#201-451) grade as follows: 23% Ex, 29% Vg-Ex, and 48% Vg (with a few slightly lesser). Keys: #28 G-Men Deliver Death (Gd-Vg), #57 Mining For Murder (Vg), #88 Target of Death (Gd-Vg), #94 G-Men Strike In The Dark (Gd-Vg), and #100 The Dragnet Snares Its Prey (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. This is a very attractive set, with even the lowest-grading Vg cards having a better overall appearance. No major creases which break the paper. Cards have been downgraded mostly due to corner and edge wear. Some cards have been downgraded due to natural factory print lines which are characteristic of the set. This is an extremely attractive set of this very colorful, attractive and popular 1930s gum issue with across-the-board outstanding eye-appeal. Total 168 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $7,050.00
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