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1938 R69 Gum, Inc. "Horrors of War" Complete Set Minus One (287/288)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $4,148
Original-owner near-complete set of “Horrors of War” featuring 287 of the 288 cards, including forty-seven of the forty-eight rare high-number cards (#241-288, missing only #286). This is a very attractive set that, incredibly, was personally assembled by our consignor in the year of issue! "Horrors of War" is the most famous set of war-related trading cards ever issued, and one of the most popular and sought after of all nonsport card sets. The set is unequaled in its colorful, detailed artwork and gruesome graphics. The reverse text, though historically factual, is filled with antifascist propaganda of the times. Historically significant and noteworthy, the "Horrors of War" set created an unprecedented stir when issued to children in the late 1930s, which still resonates with collectors to this day. Overall condition is 11% Ex, 62% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 27% Pr to Gd. Almost all of the high numbers grade Vg or lesser. Keys: #1 "Marco Polo Bridge Is Scene of First Fighting" (Vg-Ex), 240 "The Frightful Cost of War" (Vg), 277 "Hitler's Border Tour Raises War Scare" (Vg), 283 "Hitler Threatens Force to Free Sudetens" (Pr). "Horrors of War" was originally planned to be 240 cards, and was even sold in a 240-card set. Later the additional forty-eight high-number cards (#241-288) were added to the set. The high-number series cards are particularly rare. This is a very attractive low- to mid-grade complete set (minus one card) of one of nonsport-card collecting's most famous and historically significant issues. Total: 287 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $4,148
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