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1965 Topps "Battle" Complete Set on Uncut Sheet (66 cards)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,659
Complete set of 1965 Topps "Battle" on a 66-card uncut final production sheet. 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. The "Battle" cards did have an educational quality about them, and in many ways were truly a tribute to the famous Gum, Inc., "Horrors of War" set. The offered sheet is bright and clean, both front and back. As is usually the case with uncut sheets, light creasing and surface wear is visible along the perimeter of the sheet and at the corners. Scattered wrinkling is also present on some interior cards under close inspection. "Side Guide Gripper" is written in ink in the margin on front and back, likely instructions for the pressman at the Topps factory. Despite these minor technical issues, this sheet presents beautifully and is ideal for display. This is one of only a handful of uncut sheets from this popular 1960s nonsport card issue known to exist. Overall Very Good to Excellent condition. Dimensions: 21.5 by 28 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $1,659
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