Complete 100-card set of 1956 Adventure Gum, including the key rare card #86 Max Schmeling. This unusual and scarce issue includes a wide variety of sport and nonsport subjects, with a particular focus on famous boxing champions. The key card in the set, the controversial #86 Max Schmeling, has always been rumored to be pulled from the set early in distribution due to the swastika which appears in the background. Though this story has never been confirmed, Schmeling is the only rare card in the set, and most sets are offered without the Schmeling card, suggesting that it is true. The set grades 54% Nr/Mt to Nr/Mt-Mt (including a few Mint), 38% Ex to Ex-Mt, and 8% Vg to Vg-Ex. Keys:
#32 Johnson (Ex), 34 Dempsey (Vg), 42 Louis (15/85 T/B, otherwise Ex-Mt), 44 Marciano (Vg+), and 86 Schmeling (Vg). This is a very attractive high-grade complete set of this unusual issue from the 1950s, highlighted by the extremely rare Max Schmeling card. Total: 100 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.
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