1950 Topps "Freedom's War" Complete Set (203) Plus Fifteen Two-Card Panels

Sold For: $2,400

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2498

Item Year: 1950

Category: Non-Sports Cards/Sheets/Card Artwork

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Freedom's War collection includes a complete set of 203 cards, plus an additional thirty cards presented on fifteen two-card panels for a total of 233 cards. "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 die-cut 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. Condition: The set grades 54% Vg-Ex to Ex (including ten better) and 46% Gd to Vg (including seven lesser). The die-cut tank cards (#97-103) grade as follows: one PSA EX-MT 6, one Vg-Ex, three Vg, one Gd, and one Pr. The thirty cards presented on fifteen two-card panels grade as follows: #44/48 (Pr-Fr), 57 MacArthur/72 (Fr), 85/87 (10/90 L/R, otherwise Ex-Mt), 106/107 (Pr/Fr), 109/110 (Ex-Mt), 131/132 (Ex), 139/140 Pr-Fr, 141/142 (Vg), 146/147 (95/5 T/B, otherwise Ex), 168/169 (100/0 T/B and R/L, otherwise Vg+), 173/174 (100/0 T/B, otherwise Vg+), 179/180 (next card appears, otherwise Ex), 181/182 (Pr-Fr), 186/187 (next card appears, otherwise Ex), and 189/190 (0/100 T/B, otherwise Vg). Exceptionally attractive complete set of these popular military cards from the early 1950s. Total: 203 cards plus fifteen two-card panels. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+.

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