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1962 Topps "Attack From Space/Mars Attacks" Five-Cent Wax Pack Production Stat Proof "Artwork" Collection (2)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $711
Extremely significant pair of early production items relating to "Attack From Space/Mars Attacks" five-cent wrapper development. Presented here is the original camera-ready mixed-media stat sheet mockup "artwork" which features all elements of the final wax wrapper, including the set name, price, and illustration. The "artwork" bears the name "Attack From Space" rather than "Mars Attacks" set title we are accustomed to seeing. The reason for this is that 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. The black-and-white stat sheet consists of a Martian and several flying saucers designed onto the cardboard stock, which measures approximately 2.5 x 3.5 inches, with "Attack From Space," "5¢," and "Space Adventure Bubble Gum" pasted on in the appropriate spots. Overall Near Mint condition. This stat sheet was sent to our consignor Fred Walstrom, directly by Topps, with a note to him reading "Compliments of The Topps Vault. Thanks for all of your help!"
(a copy of which accompanies) in appreciation of his assistance with the Mars Attacks 50th Anniversary Collection book produced by Topps in 2012. Also accompanying this stat sheet is an original production positive, which measures approximately 5 x 6.75 inches, for the Martian and flying saucers featured on the front of the wrapper. Light production notations are visible on the front of the production positive. Overall Near Mint and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from The Topps Vault. This is an extremely significant, and possibly unique, pair of items relating directly to the production of the wrapper for this classic set, which would be an outstanding addition to any "Mars Attacks" or nonsport collection. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $711
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