Presented is a very attractive near-complete set of the classic 1939 R165 "War News Pictures" bubble-gum series issued by Gum, Inc., consisting of 132 of the 144 cards, missing only the rare "Dirty Dozen" cards (#109-120). The 1939 R165 "War News Pictures" set chronicles the extraordinary world events unfolding at that time. The exceptional graphics and historically significant subject matter of this gum-card issue make it one of the all-time classics of nonsport sets from the 1930s. The twelve cards needed for completion (#109-120) are commonly referred to by advanced collectors as the rare "Dirty Dozen." These twelve cards are among the rarest of all 1930s gum cards and have been a thorn in the side of dedicated nonsport collectors since this set was first issued. (These twelve rare cards are presented in this auction as a separate lot). This collection has been assembled by a very advanced longtime nonsport collector over a period of many years. Condition is 40% Ex to Ex-Mt (including a few better) and 60% Vg to Vg-Ex (including six lesser). This is an outstanding near-complete set of this classic 1930s nonsport issue. Total: 132 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.
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