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1936 R13-1 and R13-2 American G-Men Sets (2 Sets)
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $588
In the 1930s, G-Men had their hands full fighting crime. The many high-profile cases of the era were plastered across the front pages all across America, capturing the imaginations of youngsters and adults alike, and, of course, inspiring several trading-card sets. Offered in this lot are two 1936 American G-Men sets (R13-1 and R13-2), the first and second series. No manufacturer is listed on the cards, but they are very likely produced by M. Pressner & Company (who also produced the similar "Government Agents vs. Public Enemies" series). Each set is comprised of 48 cards, for a total of 96 cards. Series 1 (#101-148): 23 cards range from Vg to Vg-Ex, 25 cards are mostly Gd (with a few slightly lesser). Series 2 (#701-748): 16 cards range from Vg to Vg-Ex, 32 cards are mostly Gd (with a few slightly lesser). These two complete nonsport sets dating from the late 1930s are often referred to as "strip cards" because these sets were originally issued in uncut perforated strips. Though the 1930s were dominated by traditional bubble-gum cards, quite a few card sets were issued in this format. Most are very similar in design, and were numbered with card numbers beginning with high numbers (such as 101, 201, etc.) as opposed to beginning with number "1." These cards are printed on a relatively inexpensive, porous stock, and are characterized by a somewhat primitive style of illustration. These two rarely offered and fascinating complete sets each represent this particular style of card production unique to the era. Total 2 sets (each 48 cards for a total of 96). Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $588
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