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1936 Government Agents vs. Public Enemies & American G-Men (57 cards)
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $3,480.00
Includes the following: 1) Complete 24-card set of "Government Agents vs. Public Enemies" issued in 1936 by M. Pressner & Company, presented in eight uncut perforated strips (four uncut four-card strips and four uncut two-card strips). This set, across the board, is comprised of what is almost certainly the most extraordinary high-grade cards in existence from this series. All 24 cards are in approximately Mint condition, with colors as bright and bold as the day they were printed. The quality of the colors and the condition of the cards are very noticeably superior to that of examples normally found. It is obvious that this complete 24-card set, as well as the equally high-grade collection of thirty-three "American G-Men" series cards which also accompany the lot, must have been carefully stored away in 1936, protected from light and all other natural elements, to have survived in this unheard of pristine state. These cards originate from the very same find as the uncut strips of 1937 R23 "Big Little Book Series" cards offered elsewhere in this auction. There is a striking contrast between the quality of the offered cards compared to other cards collectors have seen from both these series. 2) Collection of 33 different "American G-Men" cards (out of 48 in the set), with 28 cards presented in ten uncut perforated strips (five uncut two-card strips, two uncut three-card strips, three uncut four-card strips) plus five additional separated individual cards. No manufacturer listed, but very likely also produced by M. Pressner & Company. Like the "Government Agents vs. Public Enemies" set, the "American G-Men" cards are also all in approximately Mint condition, with the exception of the separated individual cards (four Ex-Mt, one Vg-Ex) and one card on a two-card strip which has a light crease. One "Government Agents vs. Public Enemies" card, part of a two-card strip, has some light surface creasing (does not show through to the reverse) which appears to be a production-related flaw. Exceptionally high-grade collection of 57 cards from two of the 1930s most condition-sensitive issues. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $3,480.00
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