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Lot # 851 (of 873)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1950 Bowman "Wild West" and 1953 Bowman "Frontier Days" Original Artwork

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,380.00

In 1950 the Bowman Gum Company issued the classic Wild West series featuring beautiful color artwork capturing the spirit of the "Old West." The gorgeous color artwork and remarkable detail made this a smash hit immediately. By 1953 the Bowman Company was on the ropes financially. To inexpensively create a new product to generate badly needed revenue, Bowman produced what some collectors refer to as the "panic" issue, Frontier Days. To cut costs, Bowman simply used the artwork of the very successful former set Wild West to produce the Frontier Days series. This gorgeous original artwork (5 x 6-1/8 inches) was used to make card #A-36 from the Wild West set and card #18 from the Frontier Days set. The image is called "Snowbound Train" and pictures a crew of men removing snow from the tracks so the train could continue its route. The artwork is on a thick cardboard stock and is beautifully executed with extraordinary detail. The artwork is in Near Mint condition, and is accompanied by an example of both issued cards, all of which are beautifully matted together and ready to be framed. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,380.00

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