1938 R69 Gum, Inc. "Horrors of War" Complete Set (288)

Sold For: $2,644

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1621

Item Year: 1938

Category: Non-Sports Cards/Sheets/Card Artwork

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Exceptionally attractive mid-grade complete set of “Horrors of War.” The 288 cards include the forty-eight rare high-number cards (#241-288). This is a beautiful set that was assembled by a longtime collector over a period of many years. "Horrors of War" is the most famous set of war-related trading cards ever issued, and one of the most popular and sought after of all nonsport cards sets. The set is unequaled in its colorful, detailed artwork and gruesome graphics. The reverse text, though historically factual, is filled with antifascist propaganda of the times. Historically significant and noteworthy, the "Horrors of War" set created an unprecedented stir when issued to children in the late 1930s, which still resonates with collectors to this day. Condition composite: The low-number series cards (#1-240) grade as follows: 10% Ex, 88% range from Gd to Vg-Ex/Ex, averaging Vg, and 2% with an Excellent appearance but have a slightly irregular cut. The high-number series cards (#241-288) grade as follows: 10% Ex, 90% range in grade from Gd to Vg-Ex/Ex, averaging Vg. Keys: #1 "Marco Polo Bridge Is Scene of First Fighting" (Fr), #240 "The Frightful Cost of War" (Ex/Ex-Mt), #277 "Hitler's Border Tour Raises War Scare" (two tiny tears on the bottom edge, otherwise Vg), #283 "Hitler Threatens Force to Free Sudetens" (Vg), #286 "Chamberlain Meets Hitler in Peace Effort" (Vg). "Horrors of War" was originally planned to be 240 cards, and was even sold in a 240-card set form. Later the additional forty-eight high-number cards (#241-288) were added to the set. The high-number series cards are particularly rare. This is a very attractive mid-grade complete set of one of nonsport-card collecting's most famous and historically significant issues. Total 288 cards. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $2,644

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