August 2019 Summer Classic Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/1/2019
Founded in 1924, Brooklyn-based KTAV Publishing House, according to Wikipedia, is "among the most notable publishers of Judaica and Jewish educational texts since the middle of the 20th century." Children's works are included among KTAV's publications, and one can imagine that the offered full page uncut panel of Jewish Sports Champions cards was intended for the younger demographic. At the top of any list of Jewish-American sports stars of the 20th century is one Sanford Koufax, pitcher for the Brooklyn and later Los Angeles Dodgers. The second of nine personages on this cardboard panel, Sandy was hero not only to a generation of boys in New York and California, but to Jews throughout the world. His decision to put faith before baseball during the 1965 World Series is the stuff of legends. When Game 1 of the '65 Fall Classic versus the Twins fell on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, Koufax refused to pitch, telling a reporter that "a man is entitled to his belief and I believe I should not work on Yom Kippur." The lefty nevertheless started three games of that memorable seven-game series, ultimately capturing MVP honors after twirling a three-hit shutout in the decisive Game 7. The offered panel card, recently added to the Koufax Set Registry thanks to PSA's addition of a new jumbo holder, also contains cards of other great Jewish-American sports figures including hoops star Dolph Schayes and chess champion Bobby Fischer. One of only three examples to earn a PSA Mint 9 grade—with none scoring higher—this incredible artifact will be a welcome addition to any collection specializing in Jewish athletes in general or Sandy Koufax in particular.
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Minimum Bid: $250
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,174
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Sunday, September 1, 2019.
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