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1960s and 1970s Topps Nonsport Original Artwork and Display Box Collection (56) Including Wally Wood Illustrations
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $6,518
Fascinating collection of fifty-six different pieces of production-related artwork and display boxes from various Topps issues from the 1960s and 1970s. This collection is highlighted by the work of noted illustrators Wally Wood, Tom Sutton, and Jay Lynch. Also included are four display boxes used as file copies. Mainstream sets, such as "Superman," are represented in this collection along with a number of more obscure test issues, such as "Flip-Ups" and "Krazy Little Comics." Our thanks go out to the extremely knowledgeable collectors on the Network54 Vintage Non-Sports Chat Board (http://www.network54.com/Forum/526604/) for their help in identifying many of these artworks! This collection consists of the following: 1) 1960s Topps "Flip-Ups": Twenty-two original artworks featuring illustrations by Tom Sutton for this obscure Topps issue, which featured a setup on the outside of a candy box and the punchline printed inside the box. Each black-and-white artwork is done on thin artist's stock, ranging in size from 4.5 x 4 inches to 5 x 5-5/8 inches. Clear vintage tape is present in the four corners of each artwork, and production notations are often visible in the margins. Thirteen of the artworks feature a partial or complete Tom Sutton stamp on the reverse. The center of the "Do Not Open Til XMas!" artwork was redesigned, with the new design pasted on top of the original artwork (the new piece has since become detached, but is included in this collection). 2) 1965 Topps "Ugly Stickers": Original display box, flattened but in otherwise Excellent condition. Marker notations on the bottom panel read "Use this size for 36 ct/10¢ Comic Book Heroes" and make reference to specific dimensions to be used. 3) 1965 Topps "Wise Guy Buttons ": Original display box, flattened but in otherwise Excellent condition. Bold colors, light wrinkling to the side panels, die-cut top panel punched out as intended. One interior flap from the side panel is missing. 4) 1966 Topps "Superman": Display box proof, which has been modified in several areas, including on the top and side panels. Red paint has been used to obscure the original design, with black marker used to make changes to the text on the top panel. The front side panel has also been partially painted over, with the price pasted on where text used to appear and two illustrated Superman heads have been positioned on either side of the panel. The bottom panel displays blue ink notations concerning the copyright text printed on bottom. Small pieces of vintage tape are affixed to the center of the top panel, and the box is flattened. Excellent condition. 5) 1967 Topps "Krazy Little Komics": Four original artworks for #14 Stuporman. Each black-and-white artwork is done on thin artist's stock measuring 6 x 8.5 inches and features illustrations by Gil Kane and Wally Wood. Small area of pencil erasures or Wite-Out are visible in the image area and vintage tape and light production notations are visible in the margins. 6) 1976 Topps "Mr. Big Tooth" Comics: Twenty-six mixed-media camera-ready original artworks featuring illustrations by Jay Lynch, each measuring approximately 3.5 x 10.75 inches, for the three-panel comic strip test issue featuring the combination of ink drawings and pasted-on title and copyright information (some of which have become detached but are still present). This collection consists of comics featuring Mr. Big Tooth and Armand the Armadillo, Cool Clyde, the Huge Athlete, Rikky, and the Tooth Fairy. One production stat produced on thin, vinyl-like stock is also included for the Tooth Fairy title. This is an outstanding collection of material from several early and obscure Topps issues which would be incredible additions to any collection of original artwork or card-production items. Total: 56 pieces (53 artworks and 3 display boxes). Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $6,518
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