Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    1940's Unissued V-Gum & Horrors of War Original Art Pair From the Charles Steinbacher Collection. Offered is a pair of original art once part of the Charles Steinbacher archive. Mr. Steinbacher was the art director for the Gum, Inc., account during his years at the George Moll Advertising Agency and is famous for his work producing a number the classic Non-Sports card issues we so passionately collect. The pair includes: 1) Artwork for card #41 "Chinese Victims of War" from the Horrors of War series done in color pencil, water color and gouache. The piece measures 3-1/16" x 2-7/16" with Steinbacher ownership stamp on the verso; and 2) In the style of the R164 War Gum series is this piece of unissued original art for a proposed 48-card set to be called "V-Men" for the Canadian and English markets. We have learned each card was to feature a prominent figure with a war scene in the background. The caption box has been lost to history but based on the graphics and military uniform we can strongly suggest it is Douglas Ritchie aka "Colonel Britton" who was the radio voice for the BBC who communicated with millions giving them hope for the future and to boost public moral. It is believed there were only 24 pieces of original art from this promotion in the Steinbacher collection. There is a wax paper (now brittle w/tape) overlay with color pencil added for final color notes. There is some adhesive staining affecting the art but remember, this is one-of-a-kind art.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2016
    12th-14th Thursday-Saturday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 163

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976

    Learn about consigning with us

    Just wanted to let you know how pleased I am regarding the sale of my hockey jersey. You were great to work with, you answered all my phone calls and e-mails in a prompt manner, and you did a great job marketing the jersey.
    Fairmouth, ME
    View More Testimonials

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    May 17-18 Sports Memorabilia Catalog Auction - Dallas
    May 17-18 Sports Memorabilia Catalog Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $4,242,016