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Lot # 1884 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1965 Topps "Battle" #63 "President Roosevelt" and 64 "General Eisenhower" - Pair of Original Card Artworks

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,659

Original pair of 1965 Topps "Battle" card artworks (each 3-3/8 x 4 inches). These are the actual paintings that were used to produce card #63, "President Franklin D. Roosevelt," and card #64, "General Dwight D. Eisenhower," 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 artworks depict Roosevelt and Eisenhower, each of whom was central to the American war effort, in portrait pose with scenes of military men in the background, including the invasion of Normandy behind Eisenhower. Each 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). The 1965 Topps "Battle" set features the extraordinary artwork of the legendary Norm Saunders (among other artists). These particular artworks, according to normsaunders.com, are not attributed to Saunders (and therefore are almost certainly by Maurice Blumenfeld, Ed Valigurski, and/or Bob Powell). The artworks are executed on thin board and display standard production remnants on the reverse. This is an exceptional pair of extremely detailed key portrait artworks from this classic nonsport set (which are offered as a pair because we thought they should remain together) and which would be a tremendous addition to any nonsport or original-artwork collection. Overall Near Mint condition. Total: 2 artworks. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+++. SOLD FOR $1,659


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