Government Agents Vs. Public Enemies

Government Agents Vs. Public Enemies The card set of Government Agents Vs. Public Enemies was released in 1936 by M. Pressner & Co. There were 24 cards in the set, each measuring 2-3/8" by 3".

This crude by interesting vintage set comes to us from the prewar era, when everybody talked fast and men wore their pants hiked up to just below their armpits (apparently). Actually, it plays upon the public's interest in both contemporary outlaws and the stalwart government boys (G-men) who stalk them.

The card fronts feature a piece of color artwork, surrounded by a white border with a large blue banner at the bottom giving the set title. Superimposed over the image in small black letters is the card caption.

The card backs give the copyright and the card number at the top, following a large block of text explaining the action depicted in the image.

Note: The cards are numbered A201 to A225.

Like several card sets from the 1930's, this is a strip card issue, although examples have been found apparently with smooth edges and slightly different card sizes, indicating that there may have been two different issues of these cards (and two different methods of distribution, apparently).

The American Card Catalog reference number is R61.

Value: Individual cards from this set in Excellent condition bring about $8.00 to $12.00 each, with a full set commanding around $200.00 to $300.00.