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1938 Gum, Inc. "Horrors of War" Near Low-Number Set (237/240)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,162.50

Exceptionally attractive near complete set (237 cards) of "Horrors of War" is missing the rare high number series (#241-288) and three low number cards for completion (#1, 37, and 240). 40% range from Ex to Ex-Mt, 50% Vg-Ex to Vg-Ex/Ex, 10% lesser grades (almost all Vg or better). Among the 47 scarce semi-high number cards (#193-240) included, 22 cards range from Ex to Ex-Mt, 20 range from Vg-Ex to Vg-Ex/Ex, 5 are Vg or better. Gum, Inc.'s "Horrors of War" is perhaps the single most famous non-sport card set ever issued. The sensational graphics and the politically-charged descriptions on their reverses also made this series perhaps the most controversial set ever issued. Looking over these cards, and realizing that the scenes depicted were not ancient history but then-current world events unfolding at the time, it is almost inconceivable that these cards were actually issued to youngsters with bubble gum. Death, destruction, and bloodshed characterize the artwork of the set. Youngsters went wild. Parents went wilder. The set's place in the history of card collecting is forever secure. "Horrors of War" was originally planned to be 240 cards, and was even sold in 240-card set form. Later an additional 48 high number cards (#241-288) were added to the set. The high-number series cards are particularly rare. This is a very attractive near complete low-number set (#1-240) missing just three cards. This near set is ideal as a foundation for a complete set, or for the collector who has a serious interest in the classic "Horrors of War" set but does not want to spend the thousands of dollars extra which are represented by the rare higher-value cards of the set. Total 237 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,162.50

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