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1958 to 1964 Topps Original Card-Artwork Collection (23)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,963
Tremendous collection of twenty-three original Topps baseball-card artworks spanning the years 1958 to 1964. These are the actual original flexichrome artworks used to produce Topps cards. The original artworks included in the collection are as follows: 1-10) 1958 Topps: #16 Charlie Neal (2-3/8 x 3-3/8 inches, accompanied by artist's board measuring 3-5/16 x 4-7/16 inches), 146 Dick Gray (4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches), 178 Ted Kluszewski (2-1/2 x 3-1/4 inches, mounted on artist's board measuring 3-3/8 x 4-5/8 inches), 193 Jerry Lumpe (4-1/8 x 5-1/2 inches), 295 Minnie Minoso (2-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches, mounted on artist's board measuring 4-3/4 x 4-1/4 inches), 305 Clem Labine (2-1/4 x 3-5/8 inches, mounted on artist's board measuring 4 x 6 inches), 340 Don Newcombe (2-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches, mounted on artist's board measuring 4-3/4 x 4-5/8 inches), 353 Stan Lopata (4-3/8 x 5.5 inches, torn left corner repaired with two pieces of tape), 369 Ralph Lumenti (4-1/4 x 5-1/4 inches), and 435 Ed Roebuck (2-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches, mounted on artist's board measuring 4-1/4 x 5-1/4 inches). 11-14) 1959 Topps: #490 Frank Thomas (4-7/8 x 5 inches, mounted on artist's board measuring 5 x 7-1/8 inches), 517 Joe Koppe (4-1/4 x 5-5/16 inches), 522 Gene Snyder (2-5/16 x 5-1/2 inches), and 531 Ray Webster (3-5/8 x 6 inches). 15) 1964 Topps: #428 Archie Skeen (6 x 4-11/16 inches; note this artwork was used to produce the small inset photo on the Red Sox Rookies card). 16-23) Unidentified artworks ranging in size from 3-1/8 x 3-1/2 inches to 3-3/8 x 5 inches. These artworks do not appear to correspond to any issued cards. This final group is highlighted by a flexichrome of Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese; production notations in the margins or on the reverse identify some of the other subjects as Ed Fitzgerald, Jim McManus, Frank Sullivan, and Sammy White. All twenty-three flexichrome artworks are bright, crisp, and include additional image area which was cropped out by Topps on the issued cards. This is an outstanding selection of original artworks from these popular Topps baseball sets. All are in Excellent or better condition (one except, as noted) with standard production-related remnants on their blank reverses or in the margins. Total: 23 artworks. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,963
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