1941 "All American Girls" Mutoscope Pinup Cards Complete Set (32): #2 PSA Set Registry (7.85 Registry)

Sold For: $2,160

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2479

Item Year: 1941

Category: Non-Sports Cards/Sheets/Card Artwork

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Presented is an exceptionally attractive ultra-high-grade complete set of "All American Girls" Mutoscope cards, entirely graded and encapsulated by PSA. The complete set is No. 2 on the PSA Set Registry with an extremely impressive overall GPA of 7.85. In the style of Exhibit cards of the era, from 1940 to 1945 the Mutoscope Reel Company issued cards featuring beautiful pinup artwork by the top illustrators of the day, for sale in penny arcade machines. The public's appetite for pinup art exploded during this era, with images by artists such as Gil Elvgren, Zoe Mozert, and Earl Moran appearing on everything from matchbook covers to ink blotters to calendars. Fortunately, youngsters were not left out of this impressive production of printed matter, as the Mutoscope Company made these (for the times) very risqué images available to kids throughout the land at amusement parks and anywhere arcade machines could call home. A total of six different series were issued during this period. Each card measures approximately 3.25 x 5.25 inches. PSA Grading Composite: Three MINT 9: A Lad-Her Problem, Intoxicatingly Your, and Shoulder-Arms. Twenty-two NM-MT 8: Air Minded (small letters variation), Envious, Feminine Propaganda (small letters variation), Heads Up, Help Wanted, High Pressure, If She Could Only Cook (small letters variation), Kiss Me Again, Lucky Dove, Mist-Ery, Orchids To You, Peek-A-View, Red White & You, Relax, Right Dress, Sailor's Sweetheart, Soldier's Sweetheart, Station Wow, The Lady Is Waiting, Up In The Air (small letters variation), Welcome Marines, and What Hoe. Seven NM 7: Bachelor Made, Eyes Right, Jutht My Thize, Knee-Ding A Lift, Miss-Placed Confidence, No Stares, and Present Arms (small letters variation). Nine of these cards are the highest graded examples in the PSA Population Report. This is a remarkably ultra-high-grade complete set of this classic 1940s pinup series worthy of the finest nonsport-card collection. Total: 32 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

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