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1962 Topps "Civil War News" #26 "Messenger of Death" - Original Card Artwork

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,015

Original 1962 Topps "Civil War News" card artwork (5.25 x 3.75 inches). This is the actual painting that was used to produce #26, entitled "Messenger of Death," from this extremely popular set which chronicles the rich history of the Civil War. This extremely detailed artwork captures Union and Confederate soldiers engaged in battle at Frayser's Farm. This is exactly the type of horrifying 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. The artwork includes additional image area which was cropped out by Topps on the issued card. 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 $2,015


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