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1936 R60 Gum, Inc. "G-Men & Heroes of the Law" Complete Set (168) Plus 11 Variations and Wax Wrapper
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,333
Extremely attractive and very rarely offered complete set of all 168 cards comprising the 1936 “G-Men & Heroes of the Law” set issued by Gum, Inc., plus eleven additional copyright variations. Incredibly, this set has been consigned to the auction directly by the original owner, who collected these in the year of issue! This is one of nonsport-card collecting's all-time classic sets, presenting exciting "official stories" about "G-Men and Famous Police Organizations and Heroes of the Law." One thing the 1930s had plenty of was exciting gangster stories. These cards chronicle law-enforcement adventures in an era that glamorized, at times, both the representatives of law enforcement and the criminals as well. In the world of card collecting, "G-Men" (as the set is often referred to) has always been a very special set. Advanced collectors are well aware that "G-Men & Heroes of the Law" is not a set that is often seen complete, let alone offered in set form. In fact, for decades (really, since 1936) collectors have had to contend with the fact that the set includes five extreme rarities (#28, 57, 88, 94, and 100) and numerous additional rare cards, not to mention the forty-eight rare high-number cards (#201-451), making the completion of the entire set incredibly challenging, and bordering on the impossible. In addition to being one of the most interesting and sought-after of all 1930s gum-card issues, this is a set that simply is rarely completed at all. Condition composite: The low-number series cards (#1-196) grade as follows: 61% Vg-Ex (including a few Ex), 29% Vg, and 10% lesser. The high-series cards (#201-451) grade as follows: 23% Vg-Ex, 52% Vg, and 25% Gd (including one lesser). Keys: #28 G-Men Deliver Death (Vg-Ex+), #57 Mining For Murder (Gd), #88 Target of Death (Vg), #94 G-Men Strike In The Dark (Vg-Ex), and #100 The Dragnet Snares Its Prey (Gd/Vg). The copyright variations included are #7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, and 23. An original wax wrapper in Vg condition with normal fold lines is also included. Gum, Inc.'s 1930s “G-Men & Heroes of the Law” series is one of the most popular nonsport sets ever issued. Its outstanding color, detailed artwork, popular subject matter, and the exciting adventures presented on the backs, all contribute to making this set one of nonsport collecting's all-time classics. This is a very attractive set, with even the modestly graded cards displaying bright color and crisp images. Cards have been downgraded mostly due to corner and edge wear. This is a very attractive set of this very colorful, attractive and popular 1930s gum issue with across-the-board outstanding eye-appeal. Total: 179 cards and one wrapper. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $5,333
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