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1939 and 1941 Gum, Inc. "The World in Arms" and "War Gum" Complete Sets Plus Wrapper (2)
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,880.00
Two very attractive mid-grade complete Gum, Inc. sets dating from 1939 and 1941. 1) 1939 R173 Gum Inc. "The World in Arms" Complete Set (48 cards). Five cards are Vg-Ex, thirty-six Vg, and seven are in slightly lesser condition. This complete set of "The World in Arms" cards features some of the finest artwork of any Gum, Inc. production. The set is organized into six separate series, each with a different theme relating to the arms of the world: "Airplanes," "Ships," "Iron Calvary," "Field Artillery," "Fortifications," and "Miscellaneous." Created in the same era as the gruesome "Horrors of War" issue, the R173 World in Arms series focuses on the weapons used by countries involved in the war efforts. 2) 1941 R164 Gum Inc. "War Gum" Complete Set Plus Wrapper (132 cards). 80% range from Vg to Ex, averaging Vg-Ex overall, 20% lesser (mostly Gd). Gum, Inc.'s 1941 "War Gum" 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. The set is accompanied by an original "War Gum" Gum, Inc. wrapper, itself a significant rarity, which has always been considered one of wrapper collecting's greatest prizes. The wrapper is in Excellent condition with natural as-made miscut (sections of two repeating wrapper designs visible). Two extremely attractive sets with far better eye-appeal than suggested by their technically accurate assigned grades. Compared to baseball cards of the era, these early nonsports cards, which are at least as scarce, represent a particularly outstanding value. Total 180 cards plus one wrapper. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,880.00
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