Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
It's difficult to convey just how hard the nostalgic Jay Publishing 5" x 7" black and white photos and other similar team issues are to find in high-grade. Printed on a thin paper stock similar to magazine or newspaper pages in either a semi-glossy or matte finish, these memorable cards were available in team sets for a quarter each at both stadium souvenir shops and through a mail order program. Both formats were extremely popular with fans young and old, who were eager to fork over their quarters for the keepsakes. The close-up portraits and large action shots engaged fans in a way that smaller Topps and other baseball cards could not, and there weren't many young baseball fans' bedrooms in the 1960s that didn't have their favorite players pinned or taped to the wall (or their least favorite players stuck to a dartboard). Due to their delicate paper stock, the act of simply removing the photos from their envelopes can easily create small dents or kinks in their surfaces as well as mildly touched or bumped corners that make high-grade copies almost impossible to find. Indeed, to discover a Mint or Gem Mint copy today would almost certainly require that the card had never previously been handled.
Up for auction here is the first-ever example of Sandy Koufax's 1962-65 Type 2 Portrait Pose to Chest, Smiling variation to grade PSA 8 NM-MT, with none ever grading higher. Koufax and other collectors will easily recognize this image as the same smiling portrait used on both the 1958 and 1960 Los Angles Dodgers team issues. The subtle difference here that enables us to identify this as the 1962-65 Jay Publishing version is in the font at the bottom. The 1958 version, which we're offering in PSA 9 condition further up in this auction, shows Sandy's first and last name in a large font in all capital letters followed by just the team name, Dodgers, in lower case. As most Koufax collectors know very well, a PSA 8 example of the 1958 card fetched $10,100 on eBay last summer. The 1960 version, on the other hand, shows only Koufax's name written in cursive at the bottom and no team name. We sold the only PSA 9 copy of this card for nearly $4,000 in our last Holiday Premium Auction. Completing the trifecta of highest graded copies of these rarely encountered oddball Koufax cards, we are now pleased to offer the single highest graded 1962-65 Jay Publishing version.
1962-1965 Jay Publishing Photos Type 2 Sandy Koufax Portrait Pose to Chest Smiling PSA 8 NM-MT Pop 1 Highest Graded
Click above for larger image.