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1965 Topps "Battle" Original Card Artwork Collection (6)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,400
Collection of six original 1965 Topps "Battle" card artworks (each measuring 4.75 x 3.5 inches). These are the actual paintings used to produce cards from this extremely popular set, which memorialized the horrors of World War II as a follow-up to the gory 1962 "Civil War News" set of three years earlier. Included in this collection are original artworks for cards #54 U.S. Sailor, 55 U.S. Commando, 56 U.S. Marine, 57 U.S. Paratrooper, 58 Japanese Soldier, and 59 Nazi Soldier. The "Battle" set features color paintings depicting extremely violent war scenes in very realistic detail (aside from numbers 54-66, six of which are offered here, and feature types of servicemen, generals, statesmen, and 2 checklist cards). In other words, the cards were horrifying for parents and perfect for kids, as intended. The "Battle" cards did have an educational quality to them, and in many ways were truly a tribute to the famous "Horrors of War" set issued by Gum, Inc. The 1965 Topps "Battle" set features the extraordinary artwork of the legendary Norm Saunders (among other artists). The research of Norm Saunders' son, David, an expert and scholar regarding his father's work, specifically identifies the #55 U.S. Commando card as having been painted entirely by Bob Powell. The other artworks are unattributed and could be painted entirely by Powell, Saunders, or another staff artist. The artworks are executed on thin board and display standard production remnants on the reverse. This exceptional collection of artwork from this classic nonsport set would be a significant addition to any nonsport or original-artwork collection. Overall Near Mint condition. Total: 6 artworks. SOLD FOR $5,400
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