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Old 07-29-2020, 09:48 AM
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Default My Koufax Adventure/Project

Back in November started working on picking up a Topps issued Koufax PC based on his playing years. A little background Koufax was my Dad's favorite player and a big reason was because he was a lefty pitcher. Myself, I have always been wow'd by his last 5-6 years performance and of course his performance in the big games specifically his post season stats.

So, for now I'm focused on completing his Topps issued cards which I believe he has 30 from 55-67 including the 56 gray and white backs. So far I have 19/30 and put these together in the PSA Digital Album as a Showcase which I prefer to the registry digital albums.

Still looking for the below but thought I would share the progress in digital album form.

1957 Koufax PSA 6 or 7
1962 Strikeout Leaders PSA 8
1963 ERA Leaders PSA 8
1963 Strikeout Leaders PSA 8
1963 Dodger Big Three PSA 8
1964 ERA Leaders PSA 8
1964 Pitching Leaders PSA 8
1964 Strikeout Leaders PSA 8
1964 Koufax Strikes out 15 PSA 8
1965 ERA Leaders PSA 8
1966 ERA Leaders PSA 8
1966 Pitching Leaders PSA 8
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Old 07-29-2020, 10:04 AM
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Nice growing collection. Dittos concerning your dad, I was lucky he was a big Dodger fan, thus I have found memories of seeing Koufax pitch a number of times including a game in August 1965 when he went 10 or 11 innings for a 1-0 SO. Only wish Id been there for his perfect game!

Good luck with building that set!

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Old 07-29-2020, 10:44 AM
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Thanks and very cool story!!! I would love to be there during any of his games just to take in the ambiance and know what it's like back in the 50/60's.

Very cool and thanks for posting.

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Nice growing collection. Dittos concerning your dad, I was lucky he was a big Dodger fan, thus I have found memories of seeing Koufax pitch a number of times including a game in August 1965 when he went 10 or 11 innings for a 1-0 SO. Only wish Id been there for his perfect game!

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Old 07-30-2020, 04:41 AM
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Good stuff brother~!
Always interested to see what you are picking up, I'm on the road currently so I can't see the detail (grades) on some of those images, since I'm on my phone.
Crazy thing is, they all have good eye appeal, from what I can see. Which is a great thing.... the centering on everything seems pretty well done from the little bit I can gather.

Consider adding in a Topps "Stand-Up", I really like that issue on a number of players.

I'd definitely be thinking about adding in an auto card from back then too. You will NOT regret it down the road.

I'll be watching intently in the coming days.



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I did the Koufax basic set in PSA 7. I had about half the cards and when I sent them to PSA, most came back as 7s. I got 1 8 so that is in the run. I never thought about doing the league leaders and combo cards. I do have some of those. I may try sending those to PSA and filling it out like you are doing. Koufax is the greatest left handed pitcher and live ball pitcher of all time. Watched him throw a 1 hitter to beat Spahn. The one hit barely cleared the fence for a HR. Koufax was less than 5 feet from pitching another no hitter. No modern era pitcher has ever been as dominant.
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Old 08-01-2020, 10:40 AM
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Thanks guys

DJ - Yeah I've been toying around with a few other Koufax cards and the Pop Up is definitely one I will be getting at some point. Its a slow but fun process picking cards I like with my kind of eye appeal. Usually with projects if I go to fast, spend too much I get frustrated and ultimately lose interest. So, trying to take it slow and pick up a few cards each month.

Rats - Thanks for the story and background. Would love to see all those 7's that's a really awesome collection. I am finding I am really enjoying those leader cards and really adds that extra touch to the digital showcase and maybe that is something you would be interested in showing.
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Old 08-10-2020, 07:11 AM
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Added a couple pieces to the PC, nothing crazy but a couple nice examples. The 1966 Venezuela has a few pinholes and graded a PSA 1 but for the price couldn't go wrong.
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Old 08-10-2020, 09:21 AM
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[quote=gustomania;2003907]Thanks and very cool story!!! I would love to be there during any of his games just to take in the ambiance and know what it's like back in the 50/60's.

Very cool and thanks for posting.

Perchance you never treated yourself to this, a fine anecdote and piece on Sandy Koufax that eloquently conveys the ambiance of his last 6 years pitching at home may be found in Ken Burns's documentary on the history of baseball. The piece begins with the anecdote by famed Dodger broadcaster, the late Vin Skully. I will always remember his first two words, "Oh genius." If you don't own it, gustomania, there is a good chance your local public library has it available to check out. That is how I saw it. You can probably Google the index and discover which volume has what Ken gives us about Sandy. It IS very moving.

Congratulations on your collecting quest; I'm sure it will be very fulfilling to you.

I just thought of another something to complement your Koufax collection. Rare Sportsfilms out of Naperville, Illinois markets some terrific DVDs about sports. They offer many of the immediate postwar official World Series films, so that includes 63, 65, and 66. The first two are "must haves". I cannot recall if they have a DVD strictly devoted to Sandy. If that interests you, check Rare Sportsfilms' web site. Doak Ewing's stuff is not penny ante, nor should it be, and they are high quality and reasonably priced!

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Koufax is a fun one but like potato chips it is impossible to stop once you get going. I completed my Koufax Morrell and Bell runs a few years ago. That was a toughie.
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Thanks and very cool story!!! I would love to be there during any of his games just to take in the ambiance and know what it's like back in the 50/60's.

Very cool and thanks for posting.

Perchance you never treated yourself to this, a fine anecdote and piece on Sandy Koufax that eloquently conveys the ambiance of his last 6 years pitching at home may be found in Ken Burns's documentary on the history of baseball. The piece begins with the anecdote by famed Dodger broadcaster, the late Vin Skully. I will always remember his first two words, "Oh genius." If you don't own it, gustomania, there is a good chance your local public library has it available to check out. That is how I saw it. You can probably Google the index and discover which volume has what Ken gives us about Sandy. It IS very moving.

Congratulations on your collecting quest; I'm sure it will be very fulfilling to you.

I just thought of another something to complement your Koufax collection. Rare Sportsfilms out of Naperville, Illinois markets some terrific DVDs about sports. They offer many of the immediate postwar official World Series films, so that includes 63, 65, and 66. The first two are "must haves". I cannot recall if they have a DVD strictly devoted to Sandy. If that interests you, check Rare Sportsfilms' web site. Doak Ewing's stuff is not penny ante, nor should it be, and they are high quality and reasonably priced!

Just trying to be helpful, bro.....

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I've been working with John Miley the past 20 years, putting his old radio broadcasts onto CD. We have many complete games Sandy pitched, including his 1962 no-hitter. The CDs are $19.99 each or 4 for $59.97. We also offer .mp3 downloads, $15 ea. or 4 for $45. If interested pm me and I'll send a catalog of available games.
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Old 08-11-2020, 02:32 PM
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Great info guys, really appreciate it! Might have to dabble in some different items at some point in the near future.

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My Dad was a Yankees guy and we went to see them a lot but occasionally we'd score Mets tickets from my pharmacist uncle who 'knew people'. So I got to see Koufax pitch at Shea in June of 1966, his last season. He pitched the first game of the doubleheader, got a couple of hits himself, for the most part, made the Mets look silly and won a laugher.

My Dad who loved normally loved doubleheaders started getting ready to head out with me in tow. I remember asking him why we were leaving. He said "We've seen Koufax, why watch anyone else?" or words to that effect.

My Koufax career-era Topps card run is complete but in raw form except for a graded '55. I've pulled a couple for my 50s/60s set builds so I think I'll replace those.

Your cards are terrific.
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Chad- Great Post! Like your dad, Sandy was/is my favorite player, but it wasn't always so. Like Commish Bob, I was a Yankees fan (this was before the Braves moved close) and more specifically, a Mantle fan.

All that changed on October 2, 1963 - which was the first game I can remember seeing on TV and certainly the first World Series game I ever saw.

Here are a few of my Koufax items connected to that game:

1964 Topps- World Series Game 1- Koufax Strikes Out 15 - PSA-8.jpg1964 Topps- KOUFAX Strikes Out 15 PSA.DNA.jpg

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That "Koufax Strikes Out 15" card is iconic. One of the greatest cards ever...
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Its been a while but added a nice one today!!

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Its been a while but added a nice one today!!

That is a beautiful card! Congratulations.
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perhaps a nice addition and for sure added challenge might be to add the O-Pee-Chee (Canadian) and Venezuelan Koufax cards to the collection?
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You've inspired me to post my almost-complete Yogi Berra vintage collection (especially since I just picked up two of the last ones I need).

Just mainstream base cards. All that's left is the '50, '53, and '54 Bowman.

Except this means I'd have to find them all and take pics
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Once I get past the mainstream cards then Ill probably add some various cards....Ive added 1 Venezuelan already but will likely add more

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Glad to hear, would love to see it!!!

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You've inspired me to post my almost-complete Yogi Berra vintage collection (especially since I just picked up two of the last ones I need).

Just mainstream base cards. All that's left is the '50, '53, and '54 Bowman.

Except this means I'd have to find them all and take pics
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