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Built in 1962, Dodger Stadium is the oldest stadium in use in the National League. Built entirely with private funds over a three-year period, the baseball-only, 56,000 seat facility opened in Los Angeles with great fanfare. Led by their ace pitching staff including Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale and powered by the bats of Frank Howard and Tommy Davis, the Dodgers won 102 games in their inaugural campaign in their new home, but lost the pennant by one game to the rival Giants.

Thanks to utility infielder Andy Carey, playing in his 11th and final season in the big leagues, we have some of the clubhouse antics of the Boys in Blue captured on film. As Dodgers team historian Mark Langill noted in his eponymous book on the historic ballpark, Carey's behind-the-scenes photos started off as a gag, but became a documentary of the season, all taken on the veteran's Polaroid Land Camera. Twenty of Carey's photos were sold at the stadium and marketed under the title "Camera in a Clubhouse."

One of these rare photo cards is offered here, featuring L.A.'s lefty ace Sandy Koufax smoking a cigarette and jokingly flexing his muscles following a June 13 complete victory over the Milwaukee Braves, a game where he hit a home run off the legendary Warren Spahn. Graded a EX-MT 6 by PSA, the offered Koufax card ranks as the top exemplar in the PSA Population report. It is not the most famous entry in the great hurler's PSA Set Registry, but it certainly is among the most charming and unique, and unquestionably one of the rarest. Indeed, it would be hard to overstate the rarity of this piece; in nearly ten years of Small Traditions auctions, preceded by another decade of auction work, we've seen exactly three of these sets. This is the last copy we have available and may be the last copy we ever sell.
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Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium: $2,115
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Sunday, December 15, 2019.
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