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1959 Topps "Wacky Plaks" Original Artwork Collection (49)
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $3,851
Presented is an remarkable collection of forty-nine original artworks and camera-ready production stats from the 1959 Topps "Wacky Plaks" series. The "Wacky Plaks" set was one of a number of series issued by Topps during the late 1950s through the 1960s which captured irreverent and humorous sensibilities of the times, in the spirit of Mad magazine. Each card in the 88-card set paired a witty, funny, or ironic expression with an illustration brought to life through the artwork of legendary illustrator Jack Davis. This collection consists of twenty-seven original artworks and twenty-two camera-ready production stats. The production stats are not original artworks, but are a type of high-quality copy created from the original artworks and also used as "art" to produce the set. To be clear: both original Jack Davis artworks and production stats (which are copies of original art) were used as camera-ready art in the production of the set, and this lot includes both types (27 original Jack Davis artworks and 22 production stats). Each artwork or stat measures approximately 3 x 5.75 inches. They are arranged in groups of four to six on nine different artist's boards measuring 10 x 11 inches. Thin pieces of vintage tape along the edges of the artworks and stats originally held them all in place, but some have loosened over time and display tape remnants on front and standard production-related glue on the blank reverses. The original artworks are black-and-white ink drawings executed on thin artist's board. Small production notations or areas of Wite-Out are visible on some of the artworks. The production stats are the actual camera-ready pieces used to make final cards and are produced in black and white on thin, glossy stock. In the following breakdown, the artworks and stats are identified by the checklist numbers according to Jeff Allender's House of Checklists (www.nslists.com/wackplak.htm). This collection consists of the following: Original Artworks (27): #6, 8, 10, 15, 21, 22, 25, 33, 36, 38, 40, 42, 46, 48, 51, 57, 59, 60, 62, 63, 67, 72, 82, 84, 85, 87, and 88. Production Stats (22): #4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 23, 26, 32, 35, 37, 39, 43, 47, 52, 53, 68, 69, 70, 75, 79, and 80. All pieces present in Near Mint condition (with note to vintage tape), with standard production notations visible in the margins of the large artist's boards and smaller notations visible on some of the artworks. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time any original artwork or production-related material from the Topps "Wacky Plaks" set has ever appeared at auction, at least in recent times. This is a very significant group, featuring the work of legendary artist Jack Davis, that would make a tremendous addition to any Topps, original artwork, or card-production collection. Total: 49 pieces (27 original artworks and 22 production stats). Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,851
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