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1962 Topps "Attack From Space/Mars Attacks" Test Proof One-Cent Display Box
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $11,850
Presented is an extraordinary and very likely unique one-cent display box "proof" from the 1962 "Mars Attacks" set. Despite its extraordinary rarity, it will instantly be familiar to "Mars Attacks" scholars since this box from The Fred Walstrom "Mars Attacks" Collection is the actual plate specimen featured prominently in a three-page illustrated spread in the Mars Attacks 50th Anniversary Collection book produced by Topps in 2012 (a copy of which accompanies the lot). The box bears the name "Attack from Space" rather than the "Mars Attacks" set title we are accustomed to seeing. The reason for the difference is fascinating and also explains its great rarity: This is a very early and extremely significant production proof. Topps quickly dismissed the original set name "Attack From Space" in favor of "Mars Attacks" because, according to co-creator Len Brown, of its potential to appear bolder and more dramatic on packaging. Also of note is the fact that the box is a one-cent variety: Topps opted instead to issue the cards in five-cent wax packs, and no one-cent packs (and thus no one-cent boxes) were ever produced. The bright red box features green Martians on the top panel, as well as on the front and back side panels, invading a city with flying saucers overhead. The set name is large and pronounced in white text set against the colored background. The inside flap bears Topps' pseudonym "Bubbles, Inc.," which Topps created in fear of possible negative publicity due to some of the violent and graphic images used within the set. The box presents in overall Excellent condition, with bold colors and minimal wear. As a proof sample designed for internal review by Topps, the box was likely mounted on artist board or housed in a file album at one point in time, which explains light glue residue on the interior flaps and excess paper around the edges and in the center of the bottom panel. A few pieces of vintage tape have been applied to the top panel and the corner joints (which have all become separated) but do not detract in any way from the impressive visual appeal of this box, which has retained all the original color from more than fifty years ago. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only example extant. Though valuing extremely rare or unique items is naturally subjective, the box has been offered at auction once before in 2009, at which time it was purchased by our consignor for $17,775. Whatever its value, this most extraordinary original "Mars Attacks" one-cent display box proof, with an enormous historical significance, would be a highlight item in a world-class "Mars Attacks," display box, or nonsport collection. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $11,850
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