August 2018 Summer Classic Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/1/2018

A sign of the unrelenting competition for the finest Sandy Koufax baseball card collection in the world, Small Traditions auctioned a PSA 4 VG-EX graded copy of this 1963 Dodgers Team Postcard two years ago for an eye-popping $8,139. The card was a Pop 2 in its grade at the time with 3 copies graded higher, the highest being a lone PSA 8, but clearly more than one Koufax collector required it for his Master Set. Recently graded by Newport Beach-based grading authority, PSA, now a second NM-MT 8 copy has surfaced in the offered card. Conservatively assessed in the NM-MT grade, the card appears far closer to Mint condtion than to NM, and it is unquestionably among the top few finest copies in existence. 1963 of course is one of the most historic years in Dodgers history, as the team went 99-63 to win the NL title by six games over St. Louis and then swept the two-time defending Yankees in four games in the World Series, marking the first time the powerful New York franchise had ever been swept in Fall Classic play.

The Yankees problem was Sandy Koufax, who set a World Series record with 15 strikeouts in Game 1 and finished game 4 after allowing just 6 hits and one run. For his efforts, he won the World Series MVP award as well as the NL regular season MVP and the Cy Young award as the best pitcher in all of baseball. According to Jane Leavy in her excellent biography on Sandy Koufax, after Mickey Mantle struck out in the first inning on nothing but scorching fastballs, Koufax fooled him a second time on nothing but curve balls. After getting him in the hole 0-2, Koufax shook of his catcher's call to bring the heat not once but two times. The book on Mantle was to never throw him the hook, since he was strong enough to hit the ball a country mile even if his hips had already committed to his swing. But when a Koufax curve comes in at eye level, tumbling and hissing furiously, there's nothing even Mickey Mantle could do. He flinches, but he doesn't move his bat, and then he famously turns to the catcher and umpire and says "How the fuck is anybody supposed to hit that shit?"

Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium: $3,097
Number Bids: 18
Auction closed on Saturday, September 1, 2018.
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