Presented is a rarely-offered complete 40-card set of R68 "Hollywood Screen Stars" issued in 1938 by the Shelby Gum Company and accompanied by an original wax wrapper and premium album designed to house twenty of the cards. This set features portraits of famous actors and actresses, including Clark Gable, Shirley Temple, Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel, Joan Crawford, and Jean Harlow. The text on the back of the cards was printed in either red or brown. Eight cards in this set are the red-print variation. Condition of the set is 17% Vg-Ex (including a couple Ex), 15% Vg, 40% Gd, and 28% lesser. The wax wrapper and album are in modest condition overall, but still very desirable companion pieces to the set. Also included with the set are three V289 Hamilton Chewing Gum "Hollywood Picture Stars" (Canadian variation): #13 Tom Mix (Ex), 15 Andy Clyde (Vg), and 38 Rosalie Roy (Ex). Compared to baseball cards of the era, these early nonsports cards, which are at least as scarce, represent a particularly outstanding value. In our experience, we have found the 1938 R68 "Hollywood Screen Stars" set to be a particularly difficult to find set. This is the first complete set of this issue that we have ever offered. Total: 43 cards (complete set of 40 plus three Canadian variations) plus one wax wrapper and one album. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.
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