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1965 Topps "Battle" #13 "Death in the Street" - Original Card Artwork
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,252
Original 1965 Topps "Battle" card artwork (4.75 x 3.5 inches). This is the actual painting that was used to produce card #13, entitled "Death in the Street," from this extremely popular set, which memorialized the horrors of World War II as a followup to the gory 1962 "Civil War News" set of three years earlier. The offered artwork depicts a German tank tearing through the middle of a village as horrified civilians flee the carnage. The artwork includes additional image area which was cropped out by Topps on the issued card. The "Battle" set features color paintings depicting extremely violent war scenes in very realistic detail (aside from numbers 54-66, which feature types of servicemen, generals, statesmen, and 2 checklist cards). In other words, the cards were horrifying for parents and perfect for kids, as intended. The "Battle" cards did have an educational quality to them, and in many ways were truly a tribute to Gum, Inc.'s famous "Horrors of War" set. The 1965 Topps "Battle" set features the extraordinary artwork of the legendary Norm Saunders (among other artists). According to the extensive research that is beautifully presented on normansaunders.com, the artist for this outstanding painting is currently unknown (but if not by Norm Saunders, is presumably by Maurice Blumenfeld, Ed Valigurski, and/or Bob Powell). The artwork is executed on thin board and displays standard production remnants on the reverse. This is an exceptional artwork from this classic nonsport set which would be a significant addition to any nonsport or original-artwork collection. Overall Near Mint condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,252
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