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    1955 Topps Sandy Koufax #123 PSA Mint 9. "There are two times in my life the hair on my arms has stood up," reported famed Dodgers scout Al Campanis. "The first time I saw the Sistine Chapel, and the first time I saw Sandy Koufax throw a fastball." That experience came as Campanis assumed a hitter's stance in the Ebbets Field batter's box in December 1954 to see if the hype had been true. Koufax had reportedly broken the thumb of the Pittsburgh Pirates' batting coach Sam Narron at a Forbes Field tryout, where former Dodgers and current Pirates general manager Branch Rickey declared Koufax' left to be "the greatest arm I've ever seen."

    Though Campanis had served a brief tour of duty as a Major League player, the stunning velocity of the youngster's heater nearly buckled his knees. The Dodgers offered him a contract on the spot, with a hefty signing bonus that Koufax would use to fund his education in case baseball didn't pan out. Instead, what would follow was a brief but unequivocal age of dominance that made a hero of Koufax not just to the legions of Jewish sports fans eager for a new champion, but to a brave new frontier of Major League fans that awaited the Dodgers' relocation to Los Angeles.

    Though Koufax' forty-one innings of work during the Brooklyn Dodgers' World Championship season of 1955 provided little reason to suspect future Cooperstown enshrinement, today the trading card issued that rookie season stands as one of the most coveted of the post-war era. While mid-grade specimens are rather commonly available, only a scant few match the spectacular condition of the provided example, with just three garnering a superior rating from over 5,000 submissions. With vibrant color, perfect registration and an utter absence of handling wear, this stunning sexuagenarian cardboard serves as a first-class ticket back to the most important season in Dodgers franchise history.



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