1962 Topps "Civil War News" #28 "The Cannon Roars" - Original Card Artwork

Sold For: $5,100

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2532

Item Year: 1962

Category: Non-Sports Cards/Sheets/Card Artwork

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Original 1962 Topps "Civil War News" card artwork (5.25 x 3.75 inches). This is the actual painting that was used to produce #28, entitled "The Cannon Roars," from this extremely popular set which chronicles the rich history of the Civil War. This extremely detailed artwork captures the death of two soldiers as they are fired upon from the enemy's cannon. This is exactly the type of horrifying image that many parents felt was inappropriate to market to youngsters in a historical bubble-gum card set, and which distinguishes this set from other historical sets. The artwork includes additional image area which was cropped out by Topps on the issued card. While all "Civil War News" card artwork is traditionally attributed to Norm Saunders, the research of Norm Saunders' son, David, an expert and scholar regarding his father's work, reveals that many cards in the set, including this one, are actually a collaborative effort by Norm Saunders and fellow Topps staff artist Maurice Blumenfeld. The artwork is in Near Mint condition. Accompanied by an example of the issued card which this work appears on. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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