Offered is the actual original artwork to card #34 of Chicago Cubs infielder Stanley Hack, from the 1935 R327 Diamond Stars National Chicle baseball card set. This is a very attractive card from the series, and one which is an ideal example as it displays all the artistic elements characteristic of the R327 set. This is only the second time we have ever offered an original R327 card artwork. The Diamond Stars set is highly prized by collectors in large part because of the beautiful artwork and art deco-inspired designs of the set. The detail and the geometric background designs of the offered example are exceptional. Artwork for card sets from the 1930s are exceedingly rare. Back in the late 1970’s a group of material surfaced in the collecting world directly from the family of a National Chicle employee, which included approximately thirty original R327 Diamond Star artworks, approximately twenty-five National Chicle Football artworks, and approximately one-hundred additional artworks from several National Chicle non-sport sets (including R136 Sky Birds). The offered artwork originates directly from this historic find, and is an exceptional example of original 1930s gum card artworks. The artwork is accompanied by an example of the issued card. As is the case with all Diamond Stars artworks, the artwork is on thick artist’s board, and measures 4.5 x 5.5 inches. Extremely clean, with sharp, bright, crisp colors. In Excellent to Mint condition. The artwork and original card are framed and matted together as the ideal display. Total dimensions are 13.5 x 10.5 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+.
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