1966 Topps Batman Original Card Artwork (Norm Saunders) #3A "The Menacing Mummy"

Sold For: $12,925

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1659

Item Year: 1966

Category: Non-Sports Cards/Sheets/Card Artwork

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Presented is the original artwork to card #3A "The Menacing Mummy" from the 1966 Topps Batman"card set. We think all collectors would agree that this is one of the greatest artworks in the entire Batman series and one of Norm Saunders' most incredible trading card masterpieces! It is not an accident that this is the artwork to a key card in the set. The consignor of this artwork (and a number of others which appear in this auction) had interest in original card artwork for his personal collection only if it was one of the best or the very best of the series. Batman took the world by storm in 1966 with the introduction of the wildly popular Batman television series. Topps joined the bandwagon with several series of card sets devoted to the Caped Crusader. This is a tremendous artwork from this classic 1960s card set, featuring a particularly elaborate scene including both Batman and Robin, doing what they do best, fighting evil villains. This artwork has it all. The painting features both primary characters, great action, tremendous background detail with an Egyptian mummy horror theme (that could rival any Universal horror poster), and is the work of the legendary Norm Saunders. The gouache-on-board artwork measures 4-7/8 x 3-1/2 inches. It is interesting to note that the original artwork includes some additional areas around the perimeter which were cropped out by Topps when the card was published. Normal production remnants on reverse of board; Excellent to Mint condition. This is an exceptional and rare original artwork, one of the finest in existence, from one of the most popular of all Topps nonsport issues. Ex-Mt. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $5,000+.
SOLD FOR $12,925

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