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 potentially once-in-a-lifetime item for the Sandy Koufax Master Set Registry collector, a PSA 10 Gem Mint Pop 1 example of the iconic 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers Postcards issue, which many Koufax fans will recognize as the same image found on the elusive 1959 Morrell Meats issue, the highest graded example of which currently stands as an EX 5 copy from 14 total on record. The offered 1959 Dodgers Postcard is the only PSA 10 on record from 22 submissions, with the next few highest ranking as a single PSA 9, a single PSA 8, and a single PSA 6.5. Incidentally, the PSA 9 copy recently sold this year in a Memory Lane auction for $4,446.
Not only that, but the offered PSA 10 is one of just four different Koufax solo issues from the 1950s to earn Gem Mint status from PSA. There is a single 1958 Topps PSA 10 on record, two PSA 10 copies from 1956 Topps, and three rookie cards from 1955 Topps. Although there is no record of sale of those latter three, a pair of PSA 9 graded rookie cards sold within the last year for $204,000 and $215,100, which puts the PSA 10 value in today's bull market at anywhere from an extremely conservative $500,000 to $1,000,000 to as high as $2,000,000 or more. We're under no illusion that this 5-cent postcard graded PSA 10 is in the same category as Sandy's 1955 Topps rookie card graded PSA 10. It is, however, much rarer than the 1955 Topps card, and it is one of just seven total PSA 10 graded cards from the entire 1950s decade to feature Sandy Koufax on his own.
1959 L.A. Dodgers Postcards #906 Sandy Koufax PSA 10 Gem Mint Pop 1
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