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1933 R136 National Chicle "Sky Birds" Uncut Proof Sheet
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,251.50
Superb uncut proof sheet of 1933 R136 National Chicle "Sky Birds". The "Sky Birds" set features famous pilots and airplanes of the day, and has always been regarded as one of the most popular of all 1930s nonsport gum-card sets, in part because of its bright colors, sharp details, and popular subject matter. The sheet includes the following twelve cards: #97 Thenault, 98 Cowdin, 99 Ingalls, 100 Peterson, 101 June, 102 Winslow, 103 Spad Herbemont, 104 Halberstadt, 105 Sopwith Torpedo Carrier, 106 Morane Parasol, 107 Marchetti-Vickers, and 108 Fokker D 8. This complete proof sheet was part of the legendary find of materials from the National Chicle Company that surfaced approximately 25 years ago. All of the National Chicle sheets (and original artworks) in the hobby originate from this significant find. The sheet has blank backs (like all proof sheets), and has printer's marks in the extra large margins. Light pencil marks on three cards relate to the color proofing process, and the printer has added a large "OK" in the margin to the right. Creasing is visible in each of the four corners, with an added stain present in the upper right, but the cards remain largely untouched except for minor wrinkling along the edges of the two center cards on the bottom row. This is an extremely impressive and rare 1930s uncut sheet, which is all the more significant in that it was actually used in the production process of this classic 1930s gum-card set. The sheet measures 14-1/2 x 11-1/2 inches and has been framed and matted to 24 x 22 inches. In Very Good condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,251.50
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