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1962 Topps "Civil War News" Original Card Artwork #20
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $5,800.00
Original 1962 Topps "Civil War News" card artwork (5.25 x 3.75 inches). This painting was used to produce card #20, entitled "Death Fall," from this extremely popular set which chronicles the rich history of the Civil War. This card is noteworthy for the particularly gruesome scene it features. The artwork is extremely detailed, capturing the horror of a soldier's death as he not only falls to a painful death from an observation balloon, but does so while on fire following the explosion of his balloon. This is exactly the type of horrifying image that many parents felt was inappropriate to market to youngsters in a historical bubble-gum card set. Kids, of course, loved it. The artwork includes additional image area which was cropped out by Topps on the issued card. While all "Civil War News" card artwork is traditionally attributed to Norm Saunders, the research of Norm Saunders' son, David, an expert and scholar regarding his father's work, reveals that many cards in the set, including this one, are actually a collaborative effort by Norm Saunders and fellow Topps staff artist Maurice Blumenthal. The artwork is in Near Mint condition and is accompanied by an example of the issued card. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $5,800.00
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