Friday, December 11, 2015

A Visual Checklist of Sandy Koufax Baseball Cards - 1963 to 1964

Putting together this checklist of Sandy Koufax cards and oddball collectibles during his playing days just never ends.  You can check out Part I (1955-59) here.  Part II (1960 to 1962) here.  Below is Part III - which covers 1963 to 1964. Part IV (1965-1967) can be seen here.  Click on any pic to embiggen.  BTW, if I am missing any card issues please let me know.



#5 - 1963 Topps - NL ERA Leaders

#9 - 1963 Topps - NL Strikeout Leaders

#210 - 1963 Topps

#412 - 1963 Topps - Dodgers' Big Three

#23 - 1963 Topps Peel Offs - Blank Back

These 1 1/4" x 2 3/4" little stickers were inserted into packs of 1963 Topps regular issue baseball cards. 

#NNO - 1963 LA Dodgers Pin Ups - Blank Back

This is one of the oddest items you'll ever see.  They measure 8.5" x 10.5" and have a design reminiscent of the 1938 Goudey Heads-Up cards.  The object of this card is to cut out the players (they are perforated), take a piece of string and attach to the head, and hang them on the ceiling. It's like a grown-up version of a baby crib hanging mobile. They were sold as a complete set exclusively at Dodger Stadium souvenir stands.

#63 - 1963 Exhibit Stats Back

#42 - 1963 Fleer

#NNO - 1963 Jay Publishing - Blank Back

#NNO - 1963 KTAV Publishing Jewish Sports Champions Activity Stamp Book 

Sandy Koufax's page in booklet.

Front and back covers of the booklet.

#121 - 1963 Jell-O - Blank Back

As you surely noticed, the below Jell-O and Post Cereal cards look identical.  The Jell-O card, though, is a tad smaller.  They are cutouts that are meant to measure about 2 1/2" by 3 3/8"

#121 - 1963 Post Cereal - Blank Back

The Post Cereal cards measure about 2 1/2" by 3 1/2".

#4 - 1963 Salada Junket Metal Coin

Measures 1.5" in diameter.

#NNO - 1963-65 Sandy Koufax Fan Club Patch

Sold at Dodger Stadium concession stands from 1963-1965.

#NNO - 1963-65 Sandy Koufax Fan Club Comb

I have never seen this before, but figure it was probably sold along with the above patch at Dodger Stadium.   On a side note, there must be other Koufax Fan Club items out there, so if you know of something else please let me know (and pass along a pic).


#1 - 1964 Topps - NL ERA Leaders

#3 - 1964 Topps - NL Pitching Leaders

#5 - 1964 Topps - NL Strike Out Leaders

#136 - 1964 Topps - World Series Game 1

#200 - 1964 Topps

#106 - 1964 Topps Coins

Measures approximately 1.5" in diameter.

#159 - 1964 Topps All Stars Coins

#3 - 1964 Topps Giants

Card comes from one of the more affordable sets in the era.  They measure 3 1/8" by 5 1/4" and were issued in their own wax packs.  The Koufax below is short-printed.

#40 - 1964 Topps Stand Ups - Blank Back

The same size as a modern Baseball card, they were designed for kids to punch-out the top half of the card background and have the player "stand up" as a room decoration.  Issued in their own wax packs.

#NNO - 1964 Topps Tatoos - Blank Back

Measures 1 9/16" X 3 1/2" and printed on very thin paper.  One of the scarcest oddball sets of the era.

#NNO - 1964 AuraVision Record

Measures 6 3/4" square.  Go here for background on these cards.  BTW, these are very affordable -  a warehouse find included giant stacks of these.

#NNO - 1964 Baseball Stars - Present and Future Photocards - Blank Back

Measures 11" X 8 1/2."  Includes Dean Chance, Don Drysdale, Dick Farrell, Jim Fregosi, Willie Mays, Joe Pepitone and Dick Radatz along with Sandy Koufax.

#32 - 1964 Bazooka - Blank Back

Just like in years past, these cards were cutout of the boxes of Bazooka gum.  

#10 - 1964 Bazooka Stamps

Oftentimes mislabeled as Topps Stamps.  They were found only in boxes of Bazooka gum and originally issued in sheets of ten.

#NNO - 1964 Meadowgold Dairy - Blank Back

These are cutouts from the side panels of Meadow Gold milk products.  They are known to come in both blue and green tints.  Very scarce.

#NNO - 1964 Photo Linen Emblem

These are black-and-white photos set within an oval patch, outlined in red embroidery, and designed to be sewn on to clothing by the user. Each patch measures approximately 3-3/8 by 4-3/8 and was issued in cellophane-wrapped packaging. 

#P15248 - 1964 Tropicana Motor Hotel Postcard

Yes, Sandy Koufax was once the proud owner of the famous Tropicana Motor Hotel on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood.  It was once an rockin' establishment known for housing such luminaries as Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, and more.  Check out my past story about the place here. Below are the only two postcards I know of from the establishment while he was the owner, but there may be more.

UPDATE: I've just found out that there is a third Koufax/Tropicana Hotel postcard. It is very similar to the postcard featuring Sandy and his hotel pool seen above, but this card shows him in a Dodger uniform. See it below. Obviously, Sandy's uniform was painted on during pre-production.

#NNO - 1964 Union Oil Dodgers Player Portrait

Measures 8.5" by 11" and printed on thin paper.  These were handed out to customers at Union 76 gas stations.  Artwork by Nicholas Volpe.

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