October 2018 Fall Classic Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/4/2018
Only 253 cards from the 283-card 1965 O-Pee-Chee baseball set have ever graded Mint 9 from the Newport Beach-based grading authority PSA. Thankfully, card #8, which famously features the 1964 National League ERA leaders, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale, is one of them. Koufax's 1.74 mark that season would prove to be the second best of his career, while Drysdale's mark of 2.18 was just good enough to edge out the 2.20 effort by Philadelphia's Chris Short. Despite the twirling tandem's league leading performances, however, the Dodgers were unable to defend their 1963 World Series championship title, but they would return to the Fall Classic in 1965, defeating the Twins for their fourth World Series title in the eleven years spanning 1955-1965, a number equaled only by the powerful Yankees teams of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Arguably the single most iconic league leaders card ever designed by Topps, the offered example is unique not only because it bears the O-Pee-Chee imprint but also because it is the one and only example ever graded PSA 9 Mint with none graded higher, a powerful GPA-altering "yellow stripe" for those in the Koufax Master Set Registry race. Not only that, but a close inspection reveals qualities consistent with the Gem Mint 10 grade. With only a half dozen copies on record in the NM-MT 8 grade beneath it, what we're offering here is most likely the single finest copy in existence.
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Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium: $6,043
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Sunday, November 4, 2018.
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