MastroNet Winter 2004
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Copyrighted 1939 by Gum, Inc., this 144-card production marked one of many successes enjoyed by that prolific confectioner. Its acceptance in the market notwithstanding, there's yet an ominous knell in this issue's title. War News Pictures hoped to report a conflict prosecuted by nations not American - With a grave and lifted brow, it tried to deny the chilling dread of our tomorrow. This was not a narrative delivered with cool detachment, as it so masqueraded, but instead it helplessly stank of an upheaval sure to consume our nation. Meanwhile, J. Warren Bowman had to deal with the capitalistic challenge at hand, and that was, principally, War News Pictures. He oversaw the creation of this card issue, even effecting the first known application of a technique known as air-brushing (or so we're told by good authority). The cards sold fluidly, but the mystery persists—What happened to numbers 109 through 120? This segment of 12 cards is intensely rarer than the others. When available, they're usually in prohibitive condition, and nearly always hand-cut from panels. This offered set, however, is in remarkably superior condition - even to include those elusive numbers. We note that about 20% of the cards in this set have a transparent glue stain on the reverse, and a very few of these have a minor degree of ply loss at the reverse's top border. Of the scarce series (#'s 109-120), six cards bear glue staining on the reverse, and #111 has the same mildly detectable stain on the front. Further, seven in this series are cut with precision, and the remaining five (#'s 110, 111, 116, 117 and 118) have forgivably imperfect edges. With these qualifications, we invite the reader to consider a closer detailing of this set's merits: EX/MT/better: #31 Hitler, Goering and Ribbentrop; EX: all cards #'s 109-120, except #111; VG/EX: #111. Grades 46% EX/MT or better, 37% EX, 9% VG/EX, 8% VG or less.
1939-40 R165 Gum Inc. "War News Pictures" Complete Set (144)
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