During the early to mid-1960s Sandy Koufax was the dominant pitcher in major league baseball. The stats don't lie, with the vaunted southpaw racking up a series of impressive win totals: 1963 (25), 1964 (19), 1965 (26), 1966 (27). Born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 30, 1935, Koufax played his entire 12-year big league career with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, winning three Cy Young Awards and retiring in 1966 at age 30 because of arthritis. Amassing a 165-87 won-loss record, an earned run average of 2.76 and 2,396 strikeouts, Sandy Koufax was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Famein 1972.
Here are ten collectible Sandy Koufax baseball memorabilia items that are sure to please both Dodger Blue fans and sports memorabilia buffs. Now taking the mound once again #32 the great Sandy Koufax!
Sandy Koufax 1955 Topps Rookie Card
Card #123 in the popular 1955 Topps baseball series constitutes Sandy Koufax's rookie card. One example in graded/certified SGC 80 excellent/near mint 6 condition sold at auction for $388.38.
Sandy Koufax 1963 Topps Baseball Card
Card #210 in the 1963 Topps baseball card series features Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers. A graded/certified example in SGC 88 near mint/mint 8 condition brought $286.80 at auction.
Sandy Koufax 1954 College Yearbook
Prior to ascending to the big leagues in 1955 Sandy Koufax attended the University of Cincinnati, where he played baseball and basketball. The 1954 Cincinnatian yearbook features Koufax in several photos. One edition in excellent condition sold at auction for $358.50.
Sandy Koufax 1963 No-Hitter Baseball Program
On May 11, 1963, Sandy Koufax tossed the second of four no-hitters in his big league career before 50,000 fans at Dodger Stadium. It was no easy feat, as the opposing team was the San Francisco Giants, whose lineup included three future Hall of Famers: Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda. A 25 cent scorecard from that historic game in very good condition brought $107.55 at auction.
Sandy Koufax Game-Used 1966 Fielder's Glove
Game-used baseball equipment is always huge with collectors. As the story goes Sandy Koufax gave his 1966fielder's glove – a Rocky Colavito personal model Spalding 42-204 – to umpire Doug Harvey as his way of saying thanks. Koufax had previously left his personal World Series lighter at a hotel bar in Milwaukee, with Harvey picking it up and eventually returning it. Koufax inscribed and signed the glove, "To Doug, Very Best Wishes, Sandy Koufax." That glove was put up for sale decades later by Harvey's son, where it fetched a staggering $107,550 at auction.