Non-Sport card seekers enjoy a fantastic opportunity with this 1938 R69 Gum Inc. Horrors of War near-set of (286/288). Gruesome, gory, fascinating, intriguing, however you choose to describe it, this controversial series is one of the most important sets in the non-sport hobby. Disturbing but artistic portrayals and equally grizzly text are unflinching in their depiction of the bloody wartime atrocities and ravages that shook the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa during the 1930s. These timely cards were masterfully marketed to an audience that was captivated by ongoing events in 1938 and has remained a major collecting staple ever since.
Absent just ultra-tough cards #283 and #286, this totally respectable set is populated with thoughtfully chosen examples that grade by series as: Cards #1-#24 range (FR to VG-EX) with an average of GD; Cards #25 -#48 range (FR to VG+) with (1) lesser and an average of GD+; Cards #49-#144 range (FR to EX) with an average of VG; Cards #145-#192 range (GD to VG-EX) with an average of VG; Cards #193-#216 range (GD to VG-EX) with an average of VG; Cards #217-#240 range (GD to EX) with an average of VG+; Cards #241-#276 range (PR to GD) with an average of FR; Cards #277-#288 range (PR to VG+) with an average of GD (card #278 is miss-cut).
Individual grades for the key cards present are: #1 Marco Polo Bridge (FR), #88 “Human Hands”(VG), #99 Ghoulish Dogs (GD), #115 Barcelona Intersection (VG+), #240 Frightful Cost of War (FR), #277 Hitler’s Border Tour (FR), #284 Germany’s Amazing Mobile Big Gun (VG), #288 Czech President (PR)