Presented is an extremely rare collection of six three-card uncut production panels of 1965 Topps "Battle" cards, highlighted by the inclusion of #66 Checklist card. Each panel has fully printed backs and is accompanied by an original COA from the Topps Vault. The 1965 Topps "Battle" set memorialized the horrors of World War II as a follow-up 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 collection consists of the following:
#6/29/11 (crease on card #29), 9/39 Death Blow/13, 14/43/7 (very faint surface scratches), 16/47/57 (spot of paper loss on back of card #57), 34/63 FDR/51 (light creases), and 66 Checklist/14/43 (surface indentations on the border affects the Checklist card). Each panel is bright and crisp with vibrant colors. An extremely attractive collection of rarities from this popular 1960s Topps nonsport issue which would be a superb and significant addition to any nonsport-card collection. Dimensions: each measure 3.5 x 7.5 inches. Total: 6 panels. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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