Rookie Card Year: 1955
Investment Rating: 7.0
One of the giants of baseball history, Sandy Koufax is best remembered for a relatively short, but highly productive career. The Hall of Fame pitcher does not see the same premium rookie card values as some of the other elite names in baseball history. Even still, the first-year Sandy Koufax card still commands strong values among collectors. The same can really be said for all Sandy Koufax cards.
As he has settled into his retirement, Koufax has signed autographs for several card sets, particularly in recent years, but most are very low print runs. Topps is the only company who currently makes signed Sandy Koufax cards. He does still do the occasional signing, but they are usually private. The market remains strong for any pack-inserted Sandy Koufax cards featuring his autograph.
The only Sandy Koufax rookie card can be found in 1955 Topps Baseball.
Sandy Koufax Rookie Cards
Sandy Koufax's lone rookie card is a beauty. Vivid colors and a classic design make the card a top-draw for vintage collectors. The card showcases a profile close-up image of Koufax, as well as a shot of him waiting with anticipation on the dugout steps. The classic Sandy Koufax card also features a facsimile autograph. Depending on condition, the card's value can push into the thousands. Centering issues make genuinely mint cards very rare.
1962 Topps Sandy Koufax #5 Baseball Card
1959 Topps #163 Sandy Koufax PSA VG-EX 4
1965 TOPPS #126 DODGERS TEAM CARD W SANDY KOUFAX DON DRYSDALE
1964 TOPPS #5 SANDY KOUFAX JIM MALONEY DON DRYSDALE
Sandy Koufax Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Sandy Koufax's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Sandy Koufax Cut Signature Exemplar
Sandy Koufax Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Sandy Koufax signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:
- A fluid a fairly legible signature written on an even horizontal plane.
- The letter "S" contains a open loop at the top and small closed loop at the bottom.
- The remaining letters are smaller and clearly defined.
- The pen lifts to start the letter "K" which is also equal in size to the "S."
- The letters "o-u" are small but legible and the letter "f" contains a loop resembling a "D."
- The pen lifts for the letter "a" and the "x" is crossed in a manner to form a small loop on the top right side, but not always as in the above example.
Sandy Koufax Signed Baseball
Sandy Koufax Signed Photograph
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