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1953-1972 Topps Non-Sport Original Card Artwork Collection (4) Including JFK
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,972.00
Collection of four original Topps non-sport card artworks, one from each of four sets spanning the years 1954 to 1972, including the original painting for the John F. Kennedy card from the 1972 Topps U.S. Presidents set. The four artworks are matted and framed, with the identification of each set on the mat below each artwork. We believe that these four paintings were framed in this manner by Topps for display in Topps' offices in the 1970s. The display is highlighted by the original artwork to the #34 John F. Kennedy card from the 1972 U.S. Presidents set. This set is unique in that it has been issued and reissued numerous times. The "U.S. Presidents" set was first issued by Bowman in 1952. After Topps bought out Bowman, Topps reissued the set in 1956, utilizing the very same Bowman artwork but with different back designs. In 1972 Topps once again reissued the set, with new artwork created for card numbers 34-36 (including Kennedy), and an additional seven cards featuring 1972 presidential candidates (#37-43). The set was reissued by Topps again in 1976 in honor of the Bicentennial. Kennedy is one of the four presidents elected after 1956, all of whom were added to the set when reissued in 1972. This is an extremely detailed portrait of the late president, executed with great reverence. The painting measures 4.5 x 3.25 inches. The other three original artworks included in the display are as follows: 1) 1953 Topps "Wings" original painting of US Navy jet ( 4.75 x 3.5 inches). Extremely detailed, of an extraordinary quality similar to "Rails and Sails". 2) 1963 "Flag Midgee Cards" original painting to card #99 featuring the "United Nations" flag. 3) 1954 Topps "World on Wheels" original artwork to card #73 "1906 Ford Runabout" (diecut, 4 x 3.5 inches). All four paintings are bright, crisp, and clean. Ideal for display. Included are three of the four issued cards. This is a beautiful and very carefully chosen selection of key artworks from these popular Topps non-sport sets. All in Near Mint condition. Total 4 artworks. Reserve $400. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,972.00
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