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1935 R41 Dick Tracy Caramels Near-Complete Set (114 of 144)
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,541
Near-complete set includes 114 (out of 144) of the extremely rare "Dick Tracy Caramels" cards, issued in 1935 by the Walter H. Johnson Company of Chicago, Illinois, featuring the bright and extremely colorful artwork of Chester Gould. The set is missing thirty cards (#91-120) for completion. R41 Dick Tracy cards have always been recognized as one of the all-time great nonsport sets of the 1930s. The set follows the adventures of Dick Tracy as he battles various criminals and villains. Dick Tracy Caramel cards are very scarce. An extremely large hoard of cards discovered in the 1980s (numbered 121-144; all of which are in Ex-Mt to Mint condition and which many collectors have questions regarding authenticity or at least the date of printing, as these find cards may have been printed from the original plates years later than originally issued), sometimes gives collectors the incorrect impression that cards from this set are readily available. The twenty-four high-grade "find" cards are relatively available (there was, after all, a very big find several decades ago, of only those twenty-four cards), but after that, all others are actually pretty rare. In all our years in the organized hobby, we have only ever offered two complete 144-card sets of Dick Tracy Caramels. This near-set grades 17% Ex-Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt (all are twenty-four "find" cards #121-144), 80% Vg to Ex (averaging Vg-Ex), and 3% slightly lesser. This is a beautiful near set in mid grade across the board! For this issue in particular, a mid-grade set is very respectable. To emphasize the population profile of the set, a review of the PSA population report reveals that of the 1,667 R41 Dick Tracy Caramel cards graded to date, though they represent only twenty-four cards in the set, 1,057 are cards numbered 121-144, and these 1,057 cards are almost all high grade (over 95% are graded EX-Mt or better) as opposed to the very modest number of #1-120 cards. So don't be fooled about this set's rarity by the relatively abundant high-number series cards! This is a very attractive and rarely offered near set of one of the 1930s most classic, noteworthy, and underestimated nonsport-card sets. Total: 114 cards. Reserve $400. Estimate $800+. SOLD FOR $1,541
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