Rare 1967 Topps Test Issue "Who Am I" Uncut Sheet

Sold For: $1,680

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2562

Item Year: 1967

Category: Non-Sports Cards/Sheets/Card Artwork

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Extremely rare uncut sheet of twenty-four 1967 Topps "Who Am I?" test cards. Eleven different famous people (two different poses of one as noted) are featured twice on the sheet as follows: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, two different poses of Lyndon B. Johnson (one as Senator and one as President), Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Bob Bruce, Dean Chance, Al Dark, Jimmie Hall, Lee Elia, and Fred Newman. 1967 Topps "Who Am I?" cards are one of the most unusual and interesting sets ever produced by Topps. The set features many important figures in world history, including presidents, inventors, and athletes, each with a scratch-off disguise, and clues to help kids identify the famous person. The back of each issued card has additional clues and instructions to "Scratch off disguise on front to discover Who I Am. Use a coin or fingernail." Presented on this sheet are twelve cards (printed twice) which were not included in the final production of the set, and were created by Topps specifically as test proof cards. These twelve cards never saw public distribution, and were produced utilizing materials for internal use only, as a test design concept for a set that was, of course, fully executed. These test proof cards literally represent the creation of the "Who Am I?" concept. The sheet (28 x 21 inches) displays bright colors, several creases, and a two-inch tear on the lower left edge. The blank-backed reverse is clean. This is an exceptional uncut sheet of these virtually unique Topps cards, which are held in extremely high esteem by advanced collectors both for their extreme rarity and significance to the set, as well as for their very striking and unique design. The substantial size/weight of this item requires that there will be a shipping charge for this lot (which will vary depending upon where it is being shipped). The shipping charge will be billed separately from the auction invoice. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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