By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
We recently found a redemption card for a Sandy Koufax autograph in a pack of 2012 Topps Tier One baseball cards and asked you guys what you would do to win it.
Now, after nearly 150 entries, we want you to pick the winner. We have narrowed it down to three:
— Greg Perez, who visited Dodger Stadium and recruited former Dodgers Billy Ashley and Kenny Lofton for their support.
— Ryan Kalmoe, who sang a Justin Bieber song for the world to see.
— Gregory Zakwin, a diehard Dodgers fan who documented his quest for a Matt Kemp autograph and promised he’d do even more for Koufax.
Perez’s video is above, while the others’ entries are after the jump. Check them out and cast your vote. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. Central time on Aug. 7, 2012 — the 40th anniversary of Koufax’s induction into the Hall of Fame.
Who wins the Koufax?
- Greg Perez, who visited Dodger Stadium seeking support (67%, 231,820 Votes)
- Gregory Zakwin, the dedicated Dodgers fan (33%, 112,534 Votes)
- Ryan Kalmoe, who sang Bieber (0%, 1,055 Votes)
Total Voters: 345,411
Greg Perez wrote:
I have been collecting cards since I was 10 and I have been collecting autographs since I was 18. I am now 31. What would I do for a Sandy Koufax autograph? I would go to spring training and to Dodger games just to try to get him to sign for me. Luck has never been on my side as I’ve never ran into him at either. So I live an hour and a half or so from Dodger Stadium. I would actually go to a Dodger vs. Mets game on June 29 to see if I could get some support so Beckett.com could pick my video that I made at Dodger Stadium. While I did not run into Koufax, I did run into some folks that may sound familiar, Billy Ashley, Kenny Lofton and Fernando Valenzuela. Check out my six-hour stadium visit. Its just a video under three minutes. While I couldn’t get many employees on video, stadium policy I guess, I did get some former players on it. In case you can’t hear who my favorite Dodger is besides Koufax, it’s Andre Ethier because he is very fan-friendly and he decided to stay in L.A.
Ryan Kalmoe wrote:
What would I do for a Sandy Koufax autograph? The most despicable thing I can possibly imagine: attend every Justin Bieber concert for the remainder of my life.
Now, on to more pleasant things, my favorite Dodger of all times is easily Van Lingle Mungo. Anyone who is as notorious for fighting and drinking as Mungo has to make the top of the list. Being retired Navy, I can deeply appreciate what Mungo was doing and to a lesser degree why. Plus, what a great last name, Mungo!
Challenge accepted. Please find the enclosed link to my YouTube Video where I have taken steps to prove my dedication to what I would do for the Koufax autograph. I’ve even upped the ante: I am now a Bieleber.
Gregory Zakwin wrote:
Ok, I’ll start with the second question. My favorite Dodger is The Bison, Matt Kemp, with Clayton Kershaw a very close second (I’m anxiously awaiting all of Kemp’s autos going live this year). I’ve been extremely fortunate to meet both numerous times, which is more than I can say for the great Sandy Koufax, whom I have never met. But would do a TON to meet.
I would camp out for weeks, nay months, to meet the great Koufax. I once camped out 14 hours to meet Kemp, but Koufax is just on an entirely different stratosphere. I would fight tooth and nail to hold my spot against the hoards of Dodgers fans that cut in line now just to meet guys like Uribe, Loney or Javy Guerra. With Sandy, it would be war. I would miss school, work, and whatever social life I currently have to meet a true living legend and a man with such mass appeal across all walks of life. As a Dodgers fan, fan of baseball history, and Jew, it’s basically the holy grail of athletes.
I would grow a beard during said waiting time in solidarity with my fellow fans. It would be my Dandy Sandy playoff beard. And it would be magnificent. But not nearly as magnificent as the moment when I would get to shake Sandy’s hand, get a picture with the lefty, and politely ask for a sweet-spot signed ball to display on my mantle.
Right next to that beard.
And that’s just what I’d do for an in-person autograph and the experience of a lifetime (next to being trapped on a desert island with Alison Brie, Kate Upton, Erin Hawksworth, and nothing but time on our hands). For a certified autograph on that slick white redemption cardboard that will eventually be produced, well, I would go into vast detail about how I would do the impossible to win a Sandy Signature: follow the rules you’ve laid down to a tee.
I don’t have a video of my campout for Kemp, but I did write about it (link here). And I can assure you a Koufax Campout Post would be a gillyun times more epic.
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