Presented is a complete set of R157 "Uncle Sam" (96 cards, #1-96) and a complete low-number run (24 cards, #97-120) of R158 "Uncle Sam's Home Defense" along with one R158 high number (#127). These cards, issued by Gum, Inc., in 1941, feature military men in various scenes of battle and training as well as depicting the civilian efforts on the homefront of a nation newly entered into a second World War. Their outstanding color, detailed artwork, historically significant subject matter, and the exciting narratives presented on the backs, all contribute to making this set (though catalogued as two separate sets, they are really one set, and they are numbered continuously) one of nonsport collecting's all-time classics. The R157 set is complete at ninety-six cards, while the R158 set is an extension of the R157 series and is broken into a low-number series (#97-120) and more challenging high-number series (#121-144). Condition:
Condition of the R157 set is 39% Ex, 48% Vg to Vg-Ex, and 13% lesser (including two cards with a possible slight trim). Condition of the R158 low-number run is ten Ex, nine Vg-Ex, three Vg, and two lesser. The one R158 high-number #127 is Pr. These are two extremely attractive sets with far better eye-appeal than suggested by their technically accurate assigned grades. Compared to baseball cards of the same era, these early nonsport cards, which are at least as scarce, represent a particularly outstanding value. Total: 121 cards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.
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