Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
The youngest player ever elected into the Hall of Fame, Sandy Koufax sputtered at the start of his career, but he absolutely dominated the first half of the 1960s, winning the Cy Young award in 1963, '65 and '66, all by unanimous votes. Not only did this trio of Cy Young awards make him baseball's first Cy Young three-peat, but he remains the only pitcher to ever win three times during the period when the award was only given to one pitcher from both leagues combined, as opposed to the top pitcher from each separate league. Furthermore, in each of these three years, he won the NL Triple Crown for pitchers, leading the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts. He was also the first pitcher in MLB history to achieve four no-hitters, and he was the eighth to hurl a perfect game. Although his career was cut short due to arthritis in his elbow at the age of only 30, he was a champion to an entire generation of children and baseball fans no matter their creed or their color. A bona fide mensch in Dodger blue, he is remembered as one of the greatest Jewish American athletes of all-time.
Offered here is a tremendous item for the Sandy Koufax Master Set Registry collector, the single highest graded example of his rarely encountered 1958 Dodgers Team Issue. Recently graded by Small Traditions on behalf of our consignor as a part of our Cost-Free Consignment Program, the offered oddball ranks as the one and only PSA 9 with no 10s ever graded from just five submissions on record. With the recent record-shattering sale of the same 1958 Dodgers Team issue in PSA 8 NM-MT condition for $10,100 on eBay, who knows what this Pop 1 Mint 9 example will bring?
What we do know is that this 5" by 7" black and white team issue and others like it are about as condition sensitive as a snowman on the first warm day of spring. Printed on ultra thin paper stock similar to magazine paper, a small breeze from a slowly spinning ceiling fan is sufficient force to bend it far enough out of shape, even if handled with the utmost care, that a small kink will form in its thin stock, limiting what looks like a Gem Mint copy to a grade of EX or EX-MT at best. The only way for a 5" by 7" black and white team issue like this or like the many Jay Publishing photos throughout this auction to survive in Near Mint to Mint condition is for them to have remain uncirculated until ready for grading. (Even then they are still at risk of being unintentionally damaged by careless shipping and handling.) So that's exactly what we have here. For the discriminating Koufax collector seeking nothing but the very best, here is an uncirculated, unmatched, un-excelled PSA 9 Mint Pop 1 likely to remain among the top few finest examples on record for as long as its new owner draws breath.
1958 Dodgers Team Issue Sandy Koufax PSA 9 Mint Pop 1 Highest Graded No 10s
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