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    1962 Topps Sandy Koufax #5 SGC 96 Mint 9 - Pop Three, None Higher. Sandy Koufax put fear in the opposition for two different reasons during his career. First as a young man pitching for the U. of Cincinnati and then the Brooklyn Dodgers, Koufax hurled a blazing fastball but lacked a level of control. Catcher Norm Sherry felt the man with the golden arm was overthrowing, and suggested to him in 1961 that he "ease off a bit." Taking his advice, Koufax closed out the season with eighteen wins. It was smooth sailing from that point on, as Koufax's over-the-top motion earned him six years that were just as prolific. With maturity, he evolved into a mound master who appeared in six All-Star Games, won three Cy Young Awards and was voted MVP in '63. From 1961 through 1966, the fan-favorite threw four no-hitters (one a perfect game) and won three (pitcher's) Triple Crowns, two World Series MVP Awards, three Cy Young Awards (two by unanimous vote), and two Hickock Belts (the only man to be the recipient more than once). At retirement, his fans ultimately concluded that Koufax was the greatest athlete to ever step foot on a mound. Without the services of Koufax, there is no question that the 1966 National League pennant would not have flown over Dodger Stadium.

    Graded SGC 96 Mint 9, this is one of only three at this grade level with none on grading any higher from a sampling of over 400 submissions (top .007%). The condition report can be summed up briefly. The card is close to flawless. Even centering is a thin sliver away from perfection. Corners, colors, gloss, surfaces are all beyond compare. This is a tremendous addition to any collection.


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