February 2019 Winter Premium Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/3/2019
Talk about a tough issue! Measuring 1-9/16" by 3-1/2", the 1964 Topps Photo Tatoos (or Tattoos, if you prefer the contemporary spelling) are one of those issues that rarely surfaces on the secondary market, and with good reason. For starters, they were a standalone product, i.e., not an insert in packs of Topps baseball cards. Therefore, kids had to buy their bubble gum with tattoos instead of traditional player cards in order to acquire these. Secondly, they were intended to be used, whether on arms, legs, little brothers and sisters, or anywhere else you could imagine overworked moms across America trying to scrub the ink off. Lastly, each baseball tattoo, such as the peerless Sandy Koufax offered here, served as the wrapper for a piece of Topps gum, and many pieces of said gum undoubtedly ended up waded in their original packaging after all the flavor had been exhausted.

Of the 51 examples of Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax's "Diagonal Band" tattoo graded by PSA, only two have earned Mint 9 grades from the hobby's leading authenticator. We are pleased to offer you one of those two unsurpassed examples here. Exhibiting flawless color, sharp corners, and a picture-perfect reverse image graphic of the Los Angeles hurler's head, this tattoo is a high-end and highly sought-after collectible of the man known as the Left Arm of God. We challenge you to find any Koufax offering ranking higher in the coolness scale than this 55-year old piece of baseball ephemera. It is, after all, a tattoo featuring the greatest Jewish American ballplayer of all time—and the finest specimen ever uncovered, to boot!
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium: $2,816
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Sunday, March 3, 2019.
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