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1965 Topps "Battle" Complete Set (66)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $540
Complete set of 1965 Topps "Battle," which memorialized the horrors of World War II as a follow-up up to the gory 1962 "Civil War News" set issued by Topps that also featured the extraordinary artwork of the legendary Norm Saunders (among others artists). Condition is 16% Ex-Mt or better, 51% Vg-Ex to Ex, and 33% lesser. Seven cards are graded by PSA. Keys: #1 “Fight to the Death” (miscut, otherwise Vg) and 66 Checklist (marked, otherwise Vg). Graded Cards: #5 (EX 5), 6 (NM-MT 8), 30 (EX-MT 6), 36 (EX-MT 6), 39 (MINT 9 [OC]), 59 (NM 7), and 60 (EX-MT 6). Also included are three 1965 A&BC Battle Cards: #62 Australian Soldier (Ex), 65 DeGaulle (Vg-Ex+), and 66 Churchill (Ex+). Aside from numbers 54-66 (which feature types of servicemen, generals, statesmen, and two checklist cards), cards from this set feature color paintings depicting extremely violent war scenes in very realistic detail. (In other words, they were horrifying for parents and perfect for kids, as intended.) The "Battle" cards did have an educational quality about them, and in many ways were truly a tribute to the Gum, Inc. famous "Horrors of War" set. This is a relatively affordable complete set of this very interesting and popular 1960s nonsport card issue. Total: 69 cards (complete set of 66 plus 3 A&BC duplicates). Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $540
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