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1935 R41 Dick Tracy Caramels Complete Set (144) Plus Wrapper
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,175
Complete 144-card set of "Dick Tracy Caramels" issued in 1935 by the Walter H. Johnson Company of Chicago, Illinois, featuring the bright and extremely colorful artwork of Chester Gould. This is one of the all-time great nonsport sets of the 1930s and is very rarely seen in complete-set form. The set follows the adventures of Dick Tracy as he battles various criminals and villains. Dick Tracy Caramel cards are very scarce. A large hoard of cards numbered 121-144, which were discovered in the 1980s (all of which are in Ex-Mt to Mint condition and which many collectors have questions regarding authenticity or at least the date of printing, as these find cards may have been printed from the original plates years later than originally issued) sometimes gives collectors the incorrect impression that cards from this set are readily available. The twenty-four high-grade find cards are relatively available (there was, after all, a big very find several decades ago, only of those twenty-four cards), but after that, all are actually pretty rare. This is, in fact, only the second complete 144-card set of "Dick Tracy Caramels" we have ever offered. The set grades 17% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt (all twenty-four find card #s 121-144), 63% range from Vg to Vg-Ex , 20% range from Gd to Gd-Vg. The set is very attractive and remarkably consistent overall. The lower-grade cards are not fillers but have been noted as being slightly lower grade due to technical factors. This is a beautiful mid-grade set across the board! For this issue in particular, a mid-grade set is very respectable. To emphasize the population profile of the set, a review of the PSA population report reveals that of the 1,098 R41 Dick Tracy Caramel cards graded to date, though they represent only twenty-four cards in the set, 765 are cards numbered 121-144, and these 765 cards are almost all high grade (over 95% are graded EX-Mt or better) as opposed to the very modest number of #1-120 cards. So don't be fooled about this set's rarity by the relatively abundant high-number series cards! This is a very attractive and rarely offered complete set of one of the 1930s most noteworthy and underestimated nonsport-card sets. Accompanying the set is the extremely rare and attractive Dick Tracy Caramel wrapper (piece missing on the bottom edge, otherwise in Vg condition). Total 145 items (144 cards and 1 wrapper). Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500+. SOLD FOR $1,175
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