1953 Topps Original Card Artwork #37 Ed Mathews

Sold For: $11,850

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 594

Item Year: 1953

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Presented is the actual original painting of Hall of Famer Ed Mathews of the Boston Braves used to produce card #37 in the 1953 Topps series. Originally from the collection of the legendary Sy Berger, this artwork was one of the highlights of the landmark auction of 117 original 1953 Topps paintings personally consigned to REA in 2010 by "The Father of the Bubble Gum Card." Interestingly, since that historic auction, only one other 1953 Topps painting from the Sy Berger collection has resurfaced in the marketplace. We know they're out there, but apparently collectors are keeping them! This gem has been consigned directly from the original purchaser in the 2010 auction. 1953 Topps is one of the most popular sets ever issued, and is the only 1950s set issued by Topps to utilize original paintings. This is a particularly outstanding artwork by any measure and and is also one of the very few 1953 Topps paintings of Hall of Famers known to exist. The artwork measures 3.25 x 4.75 inches. Standard production-related glue remnants on the front and blank reverse. Excellent to Mint condition. Ex-Sy Berger Personal Collection. Encapsulated "Authentic" by SGC. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $11,850

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