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1960s Topps "Stupid Scratch-Offs" Original Artwork Collection (28)

Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,896

Collection of twenty-eight pieces of original artwork from the "Stupid Scratch-Offs" set produced by Topps in the 1960s. Not much is known about this unusual set, which poses a question on the front and hides the answer on the reverse under a scratch-off coating. According to Christopher Benjamin, in his definitive work The Sport Americana Price Guide to the Non-Sports Cards Number 4, no box or wrapper has ever been documented as relating to this set, leading collectors to assume that the set was inserted into fun packs or perhaps produced as a test issue for release along with a regular card set. Whatever the case may be, each black-and-white artwork is drawn in great detail on thin artist's board ranging in size from 5.5 by 6.5 inches to 10 by 14 inches. Normal production-related markings and tape remnants are visible on many of the artworks. This collection consists of artwork from the following cards (Q for question side and A for answer side): #3Q, 5A, 5Q, 8A, 8Q, 11A, 11Q, 18A, 18Q, 20A, 20Q, 23A, 23Q, 25A, 25Q, 26A, 26Q, 27Q, 29A, 30A, 31A, 31Q, 32A, 32Q, 33A, and 43A. Five cards are illustrated together on the same board with both front and back designs (for a total of ten artworks representing five cards). Two additional colorized artworks (front and back) of card #8 and 32 are included and produced on very thin paper stock (4-1/8 by 6-1/8 inches) and feature different illustrations than the black-and-white boards, suggesting a change in design during production. This is a fascinating collection of original artwork from this very unusual, possibly a test issue, 1960s Topps set. Total: 28 artworks. Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,896

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