Coming out of the Korean War, Topps kept our mighty military in mind with its 1953 Fighting Marines set. Focusing heavily on the events of WWII and the Korean War, this timely series used photos and artwork to present contemporary 1950s Marine Corps training and events, along with incidents from the Corps glorious past history.
Offered is the original artwork for the 1953 Topps Fighting Marines card #88 "Inchon" (now known as Incheon). This 4-1/4 x 3" artwork panel presents in (NM-MT) condition, with deference to the reverse side being coated with adhesive residue. Also located on the reverse are the identifying pencil notations "88" and "Inchon". In addition to displaying fantastic artwork and vivid colors, this original piece recalls a major event in the Korean War.
A few months into the fighting, South Korean, U.S. and other U.N. forces were backed into a small corner of the Korean peninsula, termed the "Pusan Perimeter". Facing continual pressure from the North Korean Army, the combined forces of Democracy held their ground until an amphibious counter attack was launched at Incheon, cutting off or forcing north the N.K. forces. A swift advance to the Yalu River on the border of China was then countered by the surprise invasion of a hoard of Chinese troops, leading to a couple of years of attrition and an eventual stalemate in the Korean War.
Accompanying is an example of the corresponding card #88 in (EX+) condition.