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1936 R60 Gum, Inc. "G-Men Heroes of the Law" Complete Set (168)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,819
Addendum: Please note that cards #5 and 9 in the low number series (#1-24) are from a strip card series issued by an anonymous company and not issued by Gum, Inc.
Exceptionally attractive and very rarely offered complete set of all 168 cards comprising the 1936 “G-Men & Heroes of the Law” set issued by Gum, Inc. This is one of nonsport-card collecting's all-time classic sets, presenting exciting "official stories" about "G-Men and Famous Police Organizations and Heroes of the Law." One thing the 1930s had plenty to of was exciting gangster stories. These cards chronicle law-enforcement adventures in an era that glamorized, at times, both the representatives of law enforcement and the criminals. In the world of card collecting, "G-Men" (as the set is often referred to) has always been a very special set. Advanced collectors are well aware that "G-Men & Heroes of the Law" is not a set that is often seen complete, let alone offered in set form. In fact, for decades (really, since 1936) collectors have had to contend with the fact that the set includes five extreme rarities (#28, 57, 88, 94, and 100) and numerous additional rare cards, not to mention the forty-eight rare high-number cards (#201-451), making the completion of the entire set incredibly challenging, and bordering on the impossible. In addition to being one of the most interesting and sought-after of all 1930s gum-card issues, this is a set that simply is rarely completed at all. Condition composite: The low-number series cards (#1-196) grade as follows: 25% Ex (with a few slightly better), 55% range from Vg to Vg-Ex, and 20% range from Pr to Gd. The high-number series cards (#201-451) grade as follows: 60% range from Vg to Vg-Ex (with a few slightly better), and 40% range from Pr to Gd. Keys: #28 G-Men Deliver Death (Vg), #57 Mining For Murder (Vg), #88 Target of Death (Vg-Ex), #94 G-Men Strike In The Dark (Vg), and #100 The Dragnet Snares Its Prey (Pr). Gum, Inc.'s 1930s “G-Men & Heroes of the Law” series is one of the most popular nonsport sets ever issued. Its outstanding color, detailed artwork, popular subject matter, and the exciting adventures presented on the backs, all contribute to making this set one of nonsport collecting's all-time classics. This is a very attractive set, with even the lowest-grading cards having an overall appearance superior to that suggested by their technically accurate assigned grades. Cards have been downgraded mostly due to corner and edge wear. Some cards have been downgraded due to natural factory print lines, which are characteristic of the set. This is an extremely attractive set of this very colorful, attractive, and popular 1930s gum issue with across-the-board outstanding eye-appeal. Total 168 cards. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $3,819
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