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1965 Topps Battle Complete Set (66)

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,350

Ultra high-grade complete set of 1965 Topps “Battle" cards. Forty-seven of the sixty-six cards (over 70% of the set) have been graded and encapsulated by PSA. Fifty-seven of the sixty-six cards range in grade from NM to MINT condition! All are bright and fresh, with bold colors, and sharp corners. The set includes one MINT 9 (OC), twenty-six NM-MT 8s, thirteen NM 7s, four EX-MT 6s, three EX 5s, and nineteen ungraded (sixteen Nr/Mt or better, three Ex). PSA grading composite: One MINT 9: #19 (OC). Twenty-six NM-MT 8: #2, 3, 4, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 24, 26, 28, 29, 35, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 53, 54, 57, and 62. Thirteen NM 7: #1, 6, 7, 9, 14, 22, 32, 36, 37, 39, 48, 52, and 61. Four EX-MT 6: #8, 49, 55, and 56. Three EX 5: #23, 33, and 66. Nineteen ungraded: #5, 10, 16, 17, 21, 25, 27, 30, 31, 34, 45, 50, 51, 58, 59, 60, 63, 64, and 65. The 1965 Topps "Battle" set memorialized the horrors of World War II as a followup 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). Aside from numbers 54-66 (which feature types of servicemen, generals, statesmen, and 2 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 Gum, Inc.,'s famous Horrors of War set. This is an extraordinary high-grade set of this extremely attractive and popular 1960s nonsport card issue. Total: 66 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $2,350


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