1938 R44 International Gum "Don't Let It Happen Over Here" Complete Set (24)

Sold For: $840

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2460

Item Year: 1938

Category: Non-Sports Cards/Sheets/Card Artwork

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Rarely offered complete 24-card set of 1938 R44 "Don't Let It Happen Over Here" issued by the International Gum Co. of Cambridge, Mass. Created in the same era as the gruesome "Horrors of War" issue, the R44 "Don't Let It Happen Over Here" series also focuses on the horrific events that were being reported by the press during the war. Looking over these cards, and realizing that the scenes depicted were not ancient history but then-current world events unfolding at the time, it is almost inconceivable that these cards were actually issued to youngsters with bubble gum. Death, destruction, and bloodshed characterize the artwork of the set. The front of each card features a multicolor illustration of a real-life gruesome event with a summary of the event on the reverse. The set grades as follows: four Ex-Mt, five Ex, five Vg to Vg-Ex, six Fr to Gd, and four Pr (including one trimmed). This is a rarely offered and very attractive 1930s nonsport gum-card set with outstanding eye-appeal. Total: 24 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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