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1965 Topps "Battle" #48 "Exploding Grenade" - Original Card Artwork by Norm Saunders
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,600
Original 1965 Topps "Battle" card artwork (4.75 x 3.5 inches). This is the actual painting that was used to produce card #18, entitled "Exploding Grenade," from this extremely popular set, which memorialized the horrors of World War II as a follow-up to the gory 1962 "Civil War News" set of three years earlier. The offered artwork depicts a soldier jumping on an exploding grenade in an effort to shield a woman and her child standing nearby. 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 two 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 the famous "Horrors of War" set issued by Gum, Inc. The 1965 Topps "Battle" set features the extraordinary artwork of the legendary Norm Saunders (among other artists). The research of Norm Saunders' son, David, an expert and scholar regarding his father's work, specifically identifies this card as having been painted entirely by Norm Saunders. The artwork is executed on thin board and displays standard production remnants on reverse. This exceptional artwork from this classic nonsport set would be a significant addition to any nonsport or original-artwork collection. Overall Near Mint condition. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,600
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