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1962 Topps "Civil War News" Original Card Artwork #5 "Exploding Fury"
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $7,540.00
Original 1962 Topps "Civil War News" card artwork (5.25 x 3.75 inches). This painting was used to produce card #5, entitled "Exploding Fury," from this extremely popular set which chronicles the rich history of the Civil War. This card is especially noteworthy for the particularly gruesome scene it features. The artwork is extremely detailed, capturing the horror of the death of two soldiers as they are hit with the collateral damage from a cannonball while preparing their cannon for combat. 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. This is a card that could cause nightmares! 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. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $7,540.00
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