October 2018 Fall Classic Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/4/2018
Up for grabs is an item even the most experienced Sandy Koufax collectors rarely encounter in any condition, if ever at all. Offered is a remarkably presentable PSA 2 graded example of a Brooklyn Dodgers ticket stub from August 27th, 1955, the occasion of the legendary southpaw's first Major League win. The word "win" is somewhat of a misnomer, however, as Koufax utterly dominated the competition, striking out 14 Redlegs in a complete game two-hit shutout that will forever rank among the greatest first wins in baseball history, bettered perhaps only by Juan Marichal five years later when he retired the first 19 Phillies he faced in his Major League debut, achieving a complete game one-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts. Koufax, of course, would not achieve consistent similar results until the following decade, but for Dodgers fans his first win was a symbolic promise of potential, an omen not only of his coming greatness but of multiple Dodgers pennants and World Series championships.

Graded PSA 2 Good, the offered ticket stub is one of a mere seven examples ever evaluated by PSA, the highest of which is a lone specimen in the EX 5 grade. Incidentally, the copy featured here presents much more like an EX 5 example than what we typically see in the Good 2 grade. It is completely intact and boasts noticeably bold and perfectly legible print on both sides. Only some hardly perceptible surface wrinkles and some typical paper loss on back along the perforated or torn edge keep this copy from ranking as the highest graded.

The reason for its scarcity is simple: only 7,204 fans attended the game. The reason for its desirability is just as plain: in the increasingly popular world of ticket collecting, mementos from players' first feats are among the most coveted items in the hobby, far more desirable than most milestone feats. Those lucky enough to witness a 500th home run, for example, understand the significance of the moment and the importance of preserving their stub for posterity. But how many fans who witness a player's debut or a pitcher's first win could ever imagine that he would become one of the game's greatest-ever players? At least seven in attendance did at Ebett's Field on August 27th, 1955, to whom the collecting world will be eternally grateful. Offered with our sincerest recommendation, it would not be hyperbole to say this may be the only chance of your lifetime to acquire a Koufax Win #1 ticket.
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Auction closed on Sunday, November 4, 2018.
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