Extremely Rare 1934 R142 Goudey "Soldier Boys" One-Cent Display Box

Sold For: $960

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2448

Item Year: 1934

Category: Non-Sports Cards/Sheets/Card Artwork

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Extremely rare display box from the R142 "Soldier Boys" set issued in 1934 by The Goudey Gum Company. This particular example is an entirely folded down box (measures approximately 14.75 by 9.5 inches) originating directly from the "Goudey Find" of 1969, when the files of Goudey were discovered and made available to collectors in the hobby. This is Goudey's archive file copy of this box, which explains how this example has come to survive in such pristine condition. Most Goudey file copy materials were saved by being stapled into a large album for future reference. Very close examination of this box reveals a very small and clean staple hole on the back panel and a couple light wrinkles on the side panels (of no consequence and mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy). The box is otherwise in Ex-Mt condition. The colorfully illustrated box features an image of three soldiers firing a large machine gun along with the name "Soldier Boys Chewing Gum." This display box may be familiar to nonsport scholars as it is the very plate specimen, which appears on page 182 of The Sport Americana Price Guide to the Non-Sports Cards 1930-1960 by Christopher Benjamin. "The Benjamin Guide" (as we call it for short) is the only place this display box has ever been featured in print (until now). This is an outstanding nonsport collectible from the Goudey Archives that would make an excellent addition to any rare-box collection. Reserve $400. Estimate (open).


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