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Lot # 1667 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1962 Topps "Mars Attacks" Production Document Relating To Five-Cent Wax Pack Wrapper Text

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $356

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Extremely significant early production document relating to "Mars Attacks" five-cent wrapper development. The offered typewritten letter originates directly from the files of Topps (accompanied by a Topps Vault Certificate of Authenticity) and is the internal document used by Woody Gelman to communicate his vision of the five-cent wrapper copy to the company art department for production. It is this very document that is responsible for determining how the "Mars Attacks" wax wrappers would appear. Correspondence between our consignor and Len Brown, co-creator of the set along with Woody Gelman, confirms that this document was typed up by Brown for Woody Gelman's review, and it is Gelman's handwritten pencil notations that outline the next steps of production. The document features four typewritten lines of text reading as follows: "SEE FLYING SAUCERS DESTROY EARTH'S LARGEST CITIES/SEE GIANT INSECTS CRUSH EVERYTHING IN THEIR PATH/SEE EARTH'S ARMIES ON MARS FIGHTING AGAINST SUPER-WEAPONS/COLLECT THE ENTIRE SET OF 55 MARS ATTACKS CARDS." Gelman used this foundation to enact his vision. Bold, black stars would be placed at the start of the first three lines with the "SEE" in large, boldface font. The sentences would be split in the middle, including after the powerful verbs in the first two lines, for dramatic effect. A Martian would be illustrated to the right of the text as sketched in Gelman's hand on a sample pack he drew underneath the text. On "12/1/61," as noted on the document, Gelman approved sending the document "To Art" so that proof samples could be made. The offered document remains in Excellent or better condition, appearing virtually exactly as it did more than fifty years ago and displaying only light natural wrinkles from handling throughout the process. This is an extremely rare and significant document, relating directly to the production of the wax wrapper for this classic set, which would be an outstanding addition to any "Mars Attacks" or nonsport collection. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $356


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