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1971-1980 Fleer "World Series" Original Production-Stat "Artwork" Collection (74) Plus Card-Back Related Material
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $593
Extraordinary collection of unique production-related materials from the 1971-1980 Fleer "World Series" set. Fleer issued several small sets illustrated by sports artist Robert Laughlin capturing various aspects of baseball history, including World Series highlights, famous feats, and unusual plays and occurrences. In 1970, a 66-card set dedicated to World Series highlights was released. The following year, an updated version was issued, and new cards were released intermittently until 1980 for matchups played during the decade. The material included in this collection dates from 1971 through 1977. This collection consists of the following: 1) Seventy-four high-quality black-and-white production stats. These stats are specially produced camera-ready copies of the original Robert Laughlin art and were used by the art department in the production process to create finished cards. Each stat measures 5-1/8 x 3-3/8 inches. They are arranged in three rows of three and are mounted on seven thick artist's boards measuring 20 x 15 inches each, one board with two rows of two stats, and one board of seven stats. Accompanying each board is a thin wax-paper overlay, which was placed over the black-and-white camera-ready stats and were used by the printer to finalize colors and make notes concerning proper shading, color balance, and set themes. Fleer artists colored in the overlays to create the appearance of a final production card. Production-related notations are visible all throughout the overlays. Overall Near Mint condition. 2) Acetate color-process proof-strip of seven cards (1971 to 1977). This strip is printed on acetate (a type of thin plastic material), measuring 4.75 x 18.5 inches, and actually is perhaps more accurately described as four layers of strips, as it is really comprised of four plastic strips featuring the four color processes (yellow, magenta, cyan, and black) which together create the appearance of final production cards. 3) Production stat board for the card backs of seven cards (1971 to 1977). Measuring 11.75 x 20.5 inches, the stats include pasted-on copyright lines. Accompanied by a thin acetate black-color proof strip printed on plastic, measuring 4.5 x 18.5 inches, created from these camera-ready stats. Production-related notations are visible in the margins. 4) Sixty-eight typewritten pages of card-back text used by the art department to produce card backs for the 1971 issue. This is an outstanding and extraordinarily unique collection of material which offers great insight into the production process for cards and would be a worthy addition to any original card-artwork or card-production collection. Total: 74 production stats mounted on nine artist's boards with accompanying paper overlays, 2 acetate proof strips, seven card-back production stats, and 68 pages of card-back text.
Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $593
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