1955 Topps #123 Sandy Koufax RC PSA Mint 9
Hailed as the “Left Arm of God”, Sandy Koufax helped give long-suffering Dodgers fans a glimmer of hope on both coasts in his electrically brief career. His 1955 Topps rookie card stands atop the list of the ace’s most coveted cards – full stop. Though the card is hardly rare, examples in first-rate condition surface at most once a year.
“Looking at it today, and looking at what an icon Sandy Koufax is, he’s the James Dean of the L.A. Dodgers organization. It’s his rookie card, it’s a beautiful looking card … you add that together and you can make a great argument for this card.”
– Joe Orlando, Collectors Universe
Sandy Koufax is considered one of the most dominant left handed pitchers in baseball history. Koufax’s career was cut short due to injury, but he managed to pack a mean punch in his 12 years on the mound. His accolades include: 7x All Star, 4x World Series Winner, NL MVP, 3x Cy Young, 2 World Series MVP. Koufax also won the NL Triple Crown for pitchers those same three years by leading the NL in wins, strikeouts, and earned run average.
Koufax was the first major league pitcher to pitch four no-hitters and the eighth pitcher to pitch a perfect game in baseball history. Koufax, at age 36 in 1972, became the youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Koufax is also remembered as one of the outstanding Jewish athletes in American sports, forever remembered for his decision not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur.