1935 R89 Mickey Mouse Bubble Gum Complete Set (96) with 28 PSA-Graded!

Sold For: $4,994

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1614

Item Year: 1935

Category: Non-Sports Cards/Sheets/Card Artwork

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Complete set of the classic 1935 R89 Mickey Mouse Bubble Gum cards issued by Gum, Inc. plus both wrappers and both Mickey Mouse Bubble Gum premium albums designed to house the cards.
This is a tremendous and overall very high-grade (especially for this issue) complete set of one of nonsport card collecting's true classics. Twenty-eight cards have been graded by PSA: Nineteen NM 7: #6, 8, 9 (type 2), 11, 23, 31 (type 2), 38 (type 2), 41 (type 2), 48 (type 2), 74, 77, 78 (type 2), 79, 82, 83 (type 2), 84, 87 (type 2), 93 (type 2), and 94. Seven EX-MT 6: #30 (type 2), 35 (type 2), 37 (type 2), 40 (type 2), 44 (type 2), 59 (type 2), and 96. Two EX 5: #1 (type 2) and 4 (type 2). The balance of the cards grade as follows: Five cards grade Nr/Mt, seven cards are Ex-Mt, sixteen cards are Ex, six cards are Vg-Ex, nine cards are Vg, twenty cards are Gd, and five cards are possibly slightly trimmed (based strictly on size but have an Ex-Mt appearance). Cards graded Good have been downgraded from Ex or better almost exclusively due to glue residue and extremely minor paper loss on the backs from being removed from an album. This is how many Mickey Mouse cards were saved (as intended) and most of these cards have an appearance far superior to the technical grades we have assigned. These are beautiful cards. Mickey Mouse Bubble Gum cards are considered by many to be the single most classic 1930s nonsport bubble-gum card set. The brilliant colors, high-quality artwork, and popular subject matter have always made this set a favorite with collectors. It is also worth noting that cards from this set are much scarcer than most collectors realize, and far more difficult to find than most baseball cards of the era (such as Goudeys, National Chicles, Play Balls, etc.). This is a very attractive complete set of one of the most popular of all 1930s gum-card sets, with tremendous crossover appeal to both card collectors and Mickey Mouse collectors. The set is accompanied by four additional very noteworthy items related to the set: 1 & 2) Both Mickey Mouse Bubble Gum wrappers (one is Vg and the other rare three character wrapper has a few tears with a tape repair on the back, otherwise Vg). 3 & 4) Both Mickey Mouse Picture Card Albums: "Volume 1" designed to house cards #1-48 is Nr/Mt (by far the best example we have ever seen); "Volume 2" designed to house cards 49-96 is Gd and has six cards pasted in, as intended. The fronts of three of the pasted-in cards are Vg-Ex, one is Vg, two Gd. This is the first Mickey Mouse complete set we have had to offer since 2005! The SMR of just the 28 PSA-graded cards (not including the 68 ungraded cards, two wrappers, or two albums including an additional six cards) exceeds $2,000. Total 100 items (96 cards, two wrappers, two albums). Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $4,994

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