Few collectibles have been so broadly embraced as Topps sports cards. These widely collected cardboard delights are formatted with images of your favorite players on the front, while their corresponding stats are posted on the back. Many of Topps classic issues also included a single panel comic illustrationon the back, providing a tasty tidbit from baseball history or a personal slice from the depicted player's life.
Gathered here are (14) original artwork layout boards that were created for the cartoons on the backs of Topps baseball and football cards dating from the 1963-1980. All of these vintage artworks report in bright and attractive condition with light to moderate signs of age/wear and professional editorial markings, however several have irregularly cut edges along the bottom. On top of the significant value recognized in these classic creations, (9) illustrations are accompanied by an example of the corresponding Topps card.
1963 Roger Maris card #120 artwork mounted on an 8x10 backer with a corresponding card, the art board has adhesive residue along the top edge, a small abrasion on the right border and a few small stains on the left panel where the name Roger Maris is penciled in red. The artwork is very bold, and the accompanying card shows EX+ details, however is has been neatly trimmed.
(5) 1977 Baseball artwork boards mounted on 8x10 backers with corresponding cards that range (EX to NM): #172 John Milner with Hank Aaron illustration; #252 Dale Murray with Babe Ruth illustration; #235 Cecil Cooper with Cy Young illustration; #425 Joe Torre with Al Downing/Babe Ruth illustration; and #450 Pete Rose with Yankee Stadium illustration.
(3) 1980 Football artwork boards with corresponding cards that range (VG-EX to EX-MT): #28 Charlie Joiner with Chargers Defense illustration; #105 Craig Morton with Austin Gonsolin illustration; and #110 Ozzie Newsome with Marion Motley illustration. The Newsome piece is stamped on the opposite side with "1989 Topps Auction".
(4) 1979 Football illustrations only, all stamped on the opposite side with "1989 Topps Auction": #70 Drew Pearson; #182 Tony Hill; #445 Charlie Waters; and #510 Harvey Martin.
1964 Newspaper illustration that is not card related. This bright, crisp piece is captioned "Card(s) Game Tomorrow" and features a drawing that appears to be Yogi Berra is his role as manager of the New York Yankees. Pencil notations along the bottom read "6 Oct- 1" deep Sports ear 2 = 30 pm". An undetermined artist's signature is located at left, and judging from the artwork and editorial notations, this piece must have been for newspaper publication in relation to the 1964 World Series featuring the Yankees vs. Cardinals, which began on 10/7/64.