1938 R69 Gum, Inc. "Horrors of War" Original Card Artwork #256

Sold For: $540

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2469

Item Year: 1938

Category: Non-Sports Cards/Sheets/Card Artwork

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Original artwork to produce card #256 entitled "Daring Jap Unit Takes Susung in Hankow Drive." The Gum, Inc., "Horrors of War" series is perhaps the most famous of all nonsport issues. The sensational and often gruesome artwork of the "Horrors of War" set created a tremendous stir when these cards were issued in 1938, putting Gum, Inc., on the map, and setting the stage for many successful years of future card production. It is a miracle that many of the original artworks to this set have survived. All of these artworks originate from the family of Charles Steinbacher, the art director for Gum, Inc., and have been scattered to the four corners of the collecting world during the two decades since their discovery. Like all "Horrors of War" artworks, this small painting measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches, the exact same size as the issued card, and is executed in watercolor on artist's board. The artwork is in Excellent to Mint condition, with production-related glue stains on the blank reverse, and has been encapsulated by PSA. Original "Horrors of War" artworks are rarely offered for sale and are especially desirable as companion pieces to complete sets or additions to any nonsport collection. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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