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R90 1935 Gum, Inc. Mickey Mouse and the Movie Stars Complete Set (24)
Starting Bid - $1,500, Sold For - $9,400
The 1935 R90 "Mickey Mouse and the Movie Stars" set is one of the most elusive and highly prized of all 1930s card issues. This extraordinary set originates from the personal collection of legendary hobby pioneer Woody Gelman! Few card sets from any era, sport or nonsport, have the mystique of this set. Collectors searching for "Mickey Mouse with the Movie Star" cards have always found that their incredible rarity makes them virtually impossible to collect. Even a sample is tough to find. The offering of a complete set is virtually unheard of. The rarity of the series is all the more striking when one considers that this set was issued by Gum, Inc. (as opposed to an obscure manufacturer), and that the series was really a high-number extension to Gum, Inc.'s extremely popular 96-card R89 Mickey Mouse Bubble Gum card set. In fact, the "Mickey Mouse and the Movie Stars" cards are numbered 97 through 120. They are, however, catalogued as a separate entity from the 1-96 low numbers, both because they are so distinctive, with each card featuring Mickey Mouse with a famous star, and because they are so much rarer than those cards in the earlier series. In addition, the "Mickey Mouse and the Movie Stars" series was issued separately by Gum, Inc. In the set, Mickey is featured with all of the greatest real-life stars of the day, including Harpo Marx, Charlie Chaplin, Jimmy Durante, May West, Groucho Marx, Laurel & Hardy, Joe E. Brown, and Edward G. Robinson. The set grades as follows: 3 cards grade Vg-Ex/Ex, 12 Vg-Ex, 1 Vg/Vg-Ex, 4 Vg, 2 G-Vg, and 2 Gd. This is just the second R90 set we have handled in thirty-five years. Coincidently, it also the same exact set we handled previoiusly. The first time we offered this very set was in our 2005 auction (as Lot 1448), when REA presented the Woody Gelman Collection. This is an extremely attractive medium-grade complete set of one of nonsport card collecting's most legendary rare issues. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $9,400
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