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1938 R69 Gum, Inc. "Horrors of War" Wrapper Variation Collection (13 Wrappers)
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,303.50
Collection of thirteen wrappers from the classic 1938 Gum, Inc., “Horrors of War” issue. Each of these wrappers was used to package the classic 1938 Gum, Inc., “Horrors of War,” the most famous and popular of all nonsport cards of the early 1930s. Four different designs were used at different times by Gum, Inc., during that year, each in six different colors. Included in this collection are all four variations of the yellow, all four variations of the blue wrappers, as well as three variations of the white wrappers and two variations of the green wrappers. All "Horrors of War" wrappers are scarce, but some of the wrapper designs saw very limited use and are particularly scarce, making a complete set of all four variations (in any color) particularly difficult to assemble. The colorful wrappers are all very attractive, of course, which is not surprising as they were designed specifically to draw the attention of youngsters to the company's product on candy-store shelves. Each of the two four-wrapper sets (representing eight of the thirteen wrappers in this lot) consists of the following: 1) three-figure center design, all with two-pointed hats; 2) one-figure center design, with cylinder hat; 3) four-figure center design; 4) three-figure center design, all with round helmets. Green wrappers with the three-figure, rounded helmet design and the four-figure design are included. Only the four-figure design is missing to complete the white wrapper set. The condition ranges from Pr (three with small parts of a corner missing) to Vg-Ex and all would be excellent for display. The complete series of yellow wrappers or blue wrappers are rarely offered as sets (let alone with additional white and green variations as seen here) and are highly prized by both prewar nonsport wrapper and card collectors. Total: 13 wrappers. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,303.50
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