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The 1959 Major League Baseball season was a banner year for the newly relocated Dodgers franchise. In just its second season since abandoning Brooklyn, the team played to an 86-68 record, tying the two-time defending NL Champion Milwaukee Braves for the best record in the senior circuit. The pennant was decided in a nationally televised three-game playoff series, which the Dodgers promptly swept by winning the first two games. After an embarrassing 11-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox in Game 1 of the World Series, LA stormed back to win the next three games. Blossoming left-handed fireballer, Sandy Koufax, took the mound back home at the Coliseum for Game 5, but the Dodger offense sputtered, going 0-9 with runners in scoring position, and LA lost the close contest 1-0. Returning to Comiskey Park for Game 6, LA brought with them their heavy timber, bashing four home runs for a compelling 9-3 victory over future Hall of Famer Early Wynn.

Winning the World Series in just its second season in Los Angeles had a profound effect on the Dodgers franchise as well as Major League Baseball. It was a confirmation of Walter O'Malley's questionable move out west, and while thousands of abandoned fans back east would shift their allegiance to either the Yankees or, eventually, the Mets, the success of the 1959 season unquestionably helped to reclaim an untold number of fans who had bled Dodger blue after the team vacated Ebbett's Field two years earlier. The 1959 season officially established Major League Baseball as the preferred American pastime, from sea to shining sea. Ground was broken for Dodger Stadium that same September, where the team would return to World Series competition in three of the first five years after opening for the 1962 season, winning it all in both 1963 and 1965. Incidentally, Dodger Stadium remains the oldest MLB ballpark west of the Mississippi and the third-oldest overall, after Fenway Park in Boston and Wrigley Field in Chicago. Clearly, what the Dodgers franchise started building in 1959 was built to last.

Proudly offered in this lot is a sensational tribute to that memorable 1959 season, an utterly perfect example of the 1959 Topps Dodgers Team card, recently graded PSA 10 Gem Mint, and ranking as just the second copy from over 700 submissions to earn PSA's top grade. What more, the card is one of just 483 total 1959 Topps baseball cards to earn Gem Mint 10 status from a staggering submission pool of over 300,000 cards on record. With cross-appeal to both 1959 Topps set collectors and Sandy Koufax Master Set Registry enthusiasts, this may be your only chance to ever secure this significant cardboard treasure in PSA 10 condition, so treat yourself this holiday season, and bid to win.
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Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium: $11,779
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Sunday, December 16, 2018.
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