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BATTLE the Story of WORLD WAR II
Trading Card Set
Title: Battle Cards
Type: Cards sold via 5¢ wax packs
Design: Color hand-painted images
Verso: Gray with a red-brown border
Year released: 1965
Cards in set: 66
Checklist: Cards 65 & 66
Wrapper produced: Yes
Chase Items: 24 Cloth Military Emblems
BATTLE Card verso
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Battle trading card set was produced by Topps in 1965, highlighting the graphic violence of World War II. Parents absolutely hated these cards, but us kids loved them! The set is similar in nature to its predecessor -- the 1930s classic Horrors of War -- with its often graphic depiction of the gore and violence associated with war. The Battle cards were painted by Norman Saunders, Maurice Blumenfeld, Ed Valigurski, and Bob Powell.
The front of each card features a white border, with a color painting depicting a violent war scene capturing all the bloody details. Within the color panel is prominent yellow caption box with a black lettered title. The backs are grey and red-brown with an image of a running soldier to the left of the text box. Each card back is numbered and tells a story relating to the gory front image.
BATTLE the story of WORLD WAR II display box
Inserted in every wax pack was a cloth-like military emblem patch. These insignia patches are probably one of the most difficult chase sets to complete, as they were poorly made. The emblem stickers were usually printed out-of-register, miscut or had colors bled onto them from other patches that were printed at the factory.
BATTLE the story of WORLD WAR II wax wrapper