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Two 1938 Goudey "Bucks Gum" Packs
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $529
Two packs of Bucks Gum, issued by The Goudey Gum Company of Boston, Massachusetts. This issue does not appear to be listed in the standard reference guides and we have never seen or heard of this set. The green, red, and white wrapper features an illustration of Santa Claus holding a horseshoe. The balloon caption next to him reads "Dimes to Dollars-Free." Based upon the text on the reverse of the wrapper, each pack contains a stick of gum and a Goudey Bucks card. The packs are easily opened (they are not heat sealed) so with no effort we were able open the pack to view the contents without disturbing the integrity of the pack. Quantities of Bucks cards could be redeemed for varying cash payments from Goudey. The colorful Bucks Gum card inside (which is dated 1938) provides a schedule for redemption values on one side, and Santa on the other side, which is designed similar to a currency with Santa Claus in the middle. Presumably some Bucks cards had denominations higher than one (the denomination on the card in the pack we viewed). The redemption schedule shows that Goudey would send youngsters one cent in exchange for ten Goudey Bucks (and you had to send them in by mail, paying postage), a dime for 100 Goudey Bucks, etc. If you sent in 1,000 Bucks, Goudey would send you one dollar. Each pack displays light wear and overall appears nearly exactly as they did when originally issued. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $529
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