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1941 R157 Gum, Inc. Uncle Sam Complete Set (96) and R158 Uncle Sam's Home Defense Low-Number Set (24) Plus Two Original Artworks
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $829.50
Presented is a complete set of R157 "Uncle Sam" (96 cards, #1-96) and a complete low-number run (24 cards, #97-120) of R158 "Uncle Sam's Home Defense" along with two original artworks and a wax wrapper. These cards, issued by Gum, Inc., in 1941, feature military men in various scenes of battle and training as well as depicting the civilian efforts on the homefront of a nation newly entered into a second World War. Their outstanding color, detailed artwork, historically significant subject matter, and the exciting narratives presented on the backs, all contribute to making this set (though catalogued as two separate sets, they are really one set, and they are numbered continuously) one of nonsport collecting's all-time classics. The R157 set is complete at ninety-six cards, while the R158 set is an extension of the R157 series and is broken into a low-number series (#97-120) and more challenging high-number series (#121-144). Condition: Condition of the R157 set is 14% Ex, 66% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 20% lesser (mostly Gd). Condition of the R158 low-number run is Vg to Vg-Ex with three higher and four lesser. Between the two sets there are a few cards with evidence of a natural miscut or slight trim. These are two extremely attractive sets with far better eye-appeal than suggested by their technically accurate assigned grades. Original Card Art: Also included in this lot is an original artwork from each set accompanied by PSA EX 5 examples of the issued cards. These are the actual artworks used to produce the cards: R157 #92 "Prone Defense" and R158 #117 "Steel Shelter." These original Gum, Inc., card artworks are ink line drawing on artist's board (each 8.5 x 10 inches). For each, a thin glassine overlay has been neatly colored by Gum, Inc., artists. This overlay served as the color guide for the printer. These artworks originate from the estate of Charles Steinbacher, the art director of Gum, Inc., and were saved until recent years by his family. The lower left corner on one of the glassine overlays is missing and minor edge damage is present on the other. The important artwork portion of each is unaffected. Wrapper: A colorful R157 "Uncle Sam" Gum, Inc., wax wrapper is also included, featuring Uncle Sam in the middle and information about the redemption program for an American flag in exchange for five wrappers. This is a very substantial collection devoted to these high-quality wartime gum cards. Compared to baseball cards of the same era, these early nonsport cards, which are at least as scarce, represent a particularly outstanding value. Total: 125 items (122 cards including two PSA-graded plus two original card artworks and one wrapper). Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $829.50
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