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1950 Topps "Freedom's War" Original Card Artwork Collection (19)
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $9,480
Extraordinary collection of nineteen original artworks used in the production of Topps's "Freedom's War" set. "Freedom's War" is one of the most comprehensive sets of military cards ever produced. The set included Korean War scenes, combat training, military insignia, weapons, medals, generals, airplanes, ships, and even a set of diecut tanks which could be made into stand-up toys. Topps used multicolored artwork and photographs in the production of the set, which was distributed in three printings over a two-year period that began in the summer of 1950. The offered artworks each measure approximately 4 by 5-1/8 inches and are executed on thin artist's board. All the pieces are in Excellent condition. Eight of the artworks display scattered adhesive residue transfer on the front (likely from stacking against other artworks on the which the production-related adhesive on the reverse was not yet dry) which is mentioned for the sake of accuracy but does not detract from their visual appeal. The blank reverses display the aforementioned residue along with a pencil-written card number. The collection includes artworks for the following cards: #148, 149, 154, 155, 156, 160, 162, 163, 164, 166, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 175, 176, and 177. "Freedom's War" original artworks are very rare. In fact, we don't recall REA ever offering even a single example of original artwork from this extremely early Topps issue. The last time we saw a significant group of these offered anywhere was in April 2004 (when a collection of eleven "Freedom's War" artworks were offered at another auction, realizing $6346). This is the largest collection of artworks from this series that we are aware of ever being offered at one time. An outstanding opportunity to acquire a significant collection of original artwork from this very popular 1950s nonsport set. Total: 19 artworks. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $9,480
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