1942 R164 War Gum High-Number Original Color Pencil Artwork Collection (4)

Sold For: $823

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1630

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Collection of four original artworks from Gum, Inc.'s War Gum series, each encapsulated by PSA. At a glance these might look like printed cards with blank backs. They are not! They are the actual original artworks that were created by Gum, Inc., artists. These four original artworks were used to produce the following four high-number cards in the classic R164 War Gum nonsport card set: #112 "Cutter Rams Italian Submarine," 122 "Brave Children of Malta," 123 "Lieutenant Paine Saves Phyllis," and 126 "Marshal Semion Timoshenko." After the original line drawings were produced by Gum, Inc., artists, a black-and-white line drawing printed card was produced that was then professionally coloried in with painstaking detail with colored pencils. These color artworks were then used to create the printed cards. Gum, Inc.'s War Gum set was the last series of bubble-gum cards to be issued in the United States before the war effort cut off all production supplies. It is not an accident that these artworks are for cards that are among the keys to the set. The gentleman who consigned this artwork long ago purchased the entire surviving original artwork archives of Gum, Inc., directly from the family of Gum, Inc., art director Charles H. Steinbacher. Over the years the collection has long been sold, with the exception of a few key museum-caliber examples representing the very best of the entire Gum, Inc. original artwork find. These artworks measure 2-1/2 x 3-1/8 inches each, the exact size of the issued card, and are executed in colored pencil on artist's board. All are in overall Nr/Mt condition. Total 4 artworks. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $823

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