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1962 Topps "Civil War News" #17 "The Flaming Raft" - Original Card Artwork

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,778

Original 1962 Topps "Civil War News" card artwork (5.25 x 3.75 inches). This is the actual painting that was used to produce card #17, entitled "The Flaming Raft," from this extremely popular set which chronicles the rich history of the Civil War. This extremely detailed artwork captures the horror of three Confederate loyalists navigating in a small canoe as they are fired upon by Union soldiers from a nearby warship. The artwork includes additional image area which was cropped out by Topps on the issued card. This is the type of image that many parents felt was inappropriate to market to youngsters in a historical bubble-gum card set, and which distinguishes this set from other historical sets. While all "Civil War News" card artwork is traditionally attributed to Norm Saunders, the research of Norm Saunders' son, David, an expert and scholar regarding his father's work, reveals that many cards in the set, including this one, are actually a collaborative effort by Norm Saunders and fellow Topps staff artist Maurice Blumenfeld. The artwork is in Near Mint condition. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $1,778

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