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1960s and 1970s Topps Original Artwork Collection (42) Including "Valentine Stickers" and "Insult Postcards" by Wally Wood

Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $8,295

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Exceptional collection of original artwork from several 1960s Topps nonsport issues, including "Valentine Stickers" and "Insult Postcards," which feature the work of legendary artist Wally Wood. This assembly is particularly fascinating as it includes artwork from mainstream sets, test issues, and one issue ("Funny Greeting Cards") which we can find no record of having ever been issued. The collection consists of the following: 1) 1960 Topps "Funny Valentines" (1 artwork): Original artwork for card #57A. Mounted on thick artist's board measuring 10.75 x 7 inches, the hand-drawn pencil-and-ink artwork for the card front (3-3/8 x 4-3/4 inches) is positioned alongside the camera-ready production stat for the card back (2.5 x 2.75 inches). 2) 1962 Topps "Valentine Stickers" (2 artworks): Two original artworks for display box: one for the side panel with the bold, block-lettered "Valentine Stickers" text and the other for the top panel featuring two renderings of a boy and a girl exchanging valentines. The other artwork is also done on thin paper stock and measures 8 x 9-7/8 inches. Only the bottom two characters are fully drawn and finished in ink. 3) 1966 Topps "Insult Postcards" (5 artworks): Original artworks for display box and wrapper, as well as three card backs. One artwork, measuring 11.75 x 5 inches, is executed on paper stock with the set name in bold letters and a creepy hand, holding a postcard, emerging from a mailbox. The other artwork, measuring 10.75 x 10.25 inches and also on thin stock, depicts a monster-like figure at a mailbox atop "Insult Post Cards Bubble Gum" text and the 5¢ price on a postage stamp. The three card-back artworks are done on thin stock measuring 8 x 5.5 inches. One artwork is completely finished, while the other two feature only completed lower-left corner drawings and the erased "Monster Postcard" name. 4) 1967 Topps Test "Angry Stickers" (21 artworks): Twenty-one original artworks, executed on two vinyl-like boards, for the various characters designed to hold signs in this test issue. We are not entirely sure if these are original ink artworks or a fine camera-ready print, but we can see faint pencil erasures and outlines surrounding the figures, which lead us to believe these may be actual artworks (but as noted we are uncertain). One board, which measures 7.25 x 8.75 inches, features nine figures, each numbered underneath, with notations visible in the left margin. The other board, which measures 8-3/4 x 8-7/8 inches, features twelve figures, each numbered underneath, with no notations visible. 5) 1968 Topps "Funny Flash Cards" (1 artwork): Original artwork for the display box of this test issue. Done on thin paper stock measuring 14.75 x 8.5 inches, the artwork features a professor pointing to the large, bold text with a 5¢ price alongside. Production notations are visible in the margins. 6) 1968 Topps "Batty Book Covers" (1 artwork): Original artwork for #3 Kooky Klassified Ads, done in ink on very thin paper measuring 8.25 x 8.5 inches. The actual artwork area measures 3-1/4 x 4-3/8 inches, and production notations are visible in the margins. 7) 1960s Topps "Creepy Stickers" (2 artworks): Original artwork for the display box and wax pack. The display-box artwork is executed on thick artist's board, measuring 13.25 x 10.5 inches, with the side-panel artwork done at top (featuring the bold set name lettering alongside the heads of Dracula, Frankenstein, and a werewolf) and the top-panel artwork done directly underneath (featuring Frankenstein leaning on a tombstone to the left of the large set name text and the 5¢ price). The wax-pack artwork is done on thin paper stock measuring 5-5/8 x 7-1/8 inches and features a large Frankenstein with the large set name lettering in the foreground. The spot for the price has been cut out. Production notations and small areas of Wite-Out are visible throughout. 8) 1960s Topps "Funny Greeting Cards" (1 artwork): Original artwork for display box done in full color on thin stock measuring 3-7/8 x 8 inches. The set name is boldly printed in the center with numerous children depicted underneath reading cards and laughing. A 5¢ price is designed inside a bubble-gum bubble. 9) 1960s-1970s Topps "Siren Ring" (2 artworks): Two original artworks for the Siren Ring, which appeared as a prize offered with several Topps sport and nonsport issues throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Each artwork is done on thin paper stock in ink. One artwork, which measures 9.25 x 3.5 inches, depicts the ring in the center of the Siren Ring name and the price in the center of the ring. The other artwork, which measures 9.25 x 4 inches, features the Siren Ring name flanked by a child kissing the ring on the left and a picture of the ring along with the price on the right. 10) 1970 Topps "Valentine Postcards" (2 artworks): Original artworks for display box and wrapper. The display box artwork features Cupid atop a mailbox, with the set name in big block letters and "5¢." The artwork is done on thick artist's board measuring 12-3/4 x 9-7/8 inches. The wrapper artwork is executed on thin paper stock measuring 9.5 x 8 inches and features a similar depiction as the display box, with a heart in place of the price. The "Valentine" portion of the artwork is pasted on. 11) 1970s Topps "Wild Animal Surprise Box" (1 artwork): Original artwork for display box featuring a large caged animal on display while onlookers observe. The set name is illustrated in the left corner and along the top. Done on thin paper stock, the artwork measures 8.5 x 12 inches and has a plastic overlay taped on with design elements pasted on. 12) Unidentified (3 artworks): Two artworks by artist Tom Sutton, best known for his work on "Wacky Packages." The artworks are stamped with his name on the reverse and have been taped together in the center. One features a gravestone and the other a ticking bomb. Each is done in ink on thin board and measure 4.5 x 4.25 inches and 4.75 x 4.5 inches, respectively. The third artwork is unidentified and features an ogre-like creature blowing a bubble and holding an elf. This artwork is executed on vinyl-like stock measuring 6-3/8 x 6 inches and is affixed to a thick artist's board measuring 7-7/8 x 10 inches. Production notations are visible in the margins of all three artworks. This is an incredibly diverse collection of original artwork from several classic Topps nonsport issues of the 1960s and 1970s, highlighted by the work of famous artists Wally Wood and Tom Sutton, which would make a worthy addition to any Topps, original artwork, or card-production collection. Total: 42 artworks. SOLD FOR $8,295


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