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1940-1945 Mutoscope "Artist Pin-Up Girls" Complete SGC-Graded Set (64)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,998
Complete ultra high-grade set of sixty-four different Mutoscope cards from the "Artist Pin-Up Girls" series, each graded and encapsulated by SGC. The set is comprised of two GEM MINT 98s, thirty-nine MINT 96s, nine NM/MT+ 92s, ten NM/MT 88s, one NM+ 86, one NM 84, one EX/NM 80, and one VG/EX 50. In the style of Exhibit cards of the era, from 1940 to 1945 the Mutoscope Reel Company issued cards featuring beautiful pinup artwork by the top illustrators of the day, for sale in penny arcade machines. The public's appetite for pinup art exploded during this era, with images by artists such as Gil Elvgren, Zoe Mozert, and Earl Moran appearing on everything from matchbook covers to ink blotters to calendars. Fortunately, youngsters were not left out of this impressive production of printed matter, as the Mutoscope Company made these (for the times) very risqué images available to kids throughout the land at amusement parks and anywhere arcade machines could call home. This is an extraordinary ultra high-grade complete set assembled by a very dedicated advanced collector. Very crisp, clean, incredibly sharp-looking set of these classics of American popular culture. Total: 64 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,998
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