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1940 Gum Inc. Superman Trading Cards

1940 Gum Inc. Superman Trading Cards

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1940 Gum Inc. Superman is one of the most popular trading card sets of all-time. The set holds the distinction of being the first in a long line of releases based on the Man of Steel. It's also considered to be the most valuable.

The 1940 Gum Inc. Superman checklist consists of 72 cards. While all are relatively scarce, the final 24 (#49-72) are considered short prints. As such, they can carry a premium over the more common low numbers.

Card fronts feature vivid artwork, usually with Superman saving the day. Backs have a lengthy writeup hyping what's on the front and building up the hero. The bottom of the card has a Superman logo and an ad.

Today, 1940 Gum Inc. Superman cards sell for solid amounts, no matter the condition. They're attractive and they're Superman's first foray into the hobby. In short, it's a piece of pop culture history.

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Set Checklist

1940 Gum Inc. Superman Trading Cards Checklist

72 cards.

1 Superman
2 The Spy Trail
3 From the Jaws of Death
4 Peril in the Jungle
5 The Girl Reporter's Dream
6 Superman vs Bank Robbers
7 The Averted Train Wreck
8 Rescue at the Bank
9 Superman at the Circus
10 Fury of the Sea
11 Capture the Kidnappers
12 Superman's Arch Enemy
13 Teeth of Steel
14 Maniac at Large
15 Panic in the Subway
16 Mountain Tragedy
17 Death on the Speedway
18 Prison Break
19 Wings of Mercy
20 Peril at Sea
21 The Runaway Horse
22 Wolves at Bay
23 Hurtling to Destruction
24 Attacked by Sharks
25 Trapped in the Air
26 Log Jam Peril
27 Rescue from a Rocky Cliff
28 The Flames of Doom
29 Death Dive
30 Trapped in the Glacier
31 Rescue Beneath the Sea
32 Danger on High
33 The Avalanche
34 Peril in the Oil Fields
35 Hurricane Horror
36 Facing the Firing Squad
37 Distress at Sea
38 Marooned in the Clouds
39 Disaster at the Mine
40 Racing the Shells
41 Roller Coaster Rescue
42 Danger in the Jungle
43 Fight in Mid-Air
44 Disaster at the Circus
45 The Runaway Ship
46 To the Rescue
47 Horror Beneath the Sea
48 Death in the Air
49 Danger at the Carnival
50 At the Bottom of the Sea
51 Superman vs. the Spies
52 Saving the Destroyer
53 The Girl Reporter
54 Rescue from the Flames
55 Superman Wins Again
56 Superman and the Killer Whale
57 Battling the Hurricane
58 A Near-Tragedy
59 The Dive of Death
60 Menace in the Mine
61 Through the Mine Field
62 Peril in the Presses
63 Terror in the Tower
64 Adventure on an Iceberg
65 The Runaway Trolley Car
66 Danger at the Dam
67 Explosion in an Oilfield
68 Saved by Superman
69 Saved from Buried Alive
70 Anger in the North Woods
71 Trapped in Quicksand
72 Superman vs Torpedo
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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Are there reproduction cards of the 1966 Topps Superman trading cards?

Tim Deathriage
Tim Deathriage

Many years ago I found a series 1 card 1 (Through The Flames) Superman card. Can’t find another like it on the Web. Just trying to find info on it. Thanks


About a year ago I ran across a 1940 Lone Ranger o-pee-chee card from Canada and I haven’t seen any since so I was wondering if there are Lone Ranger 1940 gum cards from Canada could there be 1940 superman gum cards from Canada too? If you have any information about this I’d greatly appreciate it.

rick vesler
rick vesler

I have inherited 2 sets of 1940 vintage non-sport card sets and I want to find the best way to sell them- either Ebay or by way of a large auction house. They have not been graded by PSA yet.
The first set is a nice 1940 Superman
set of 47 cards (#2 to #48). I feel that are in a 5 to 6 PSA grading.
The second set is a very rare set of 24 cards of the First Column Defender cards. They also are in the range of a 5.5 to 6.5 PSA grading. I have not seen or heard much about this set, and I have been looking. I did compare my cards with the number 3 PSA registry set for the PSA registry and I frrl my cards would grade better than those cards.
Do you have any suggestions on how I should proceed to sell these 2 fine sets?
I am thanking you in advance for your help. Rick Vesler

Ryan Cracknell
Ryan Cracknell

rick vesler Your best bet would likely be to have them graded first, probably start with PSA as they’re held in high regard for non-sport. From there, probably check with an auction house to see what sort of terms they offer or even consign with a large eBay seller.

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