Most Valuable Sandy Koufax Baseball Cards

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1955 Topps Sandy Koufax RC

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

He’s one of the greatest pitchers of all-time. And playing in a golden era Sandy Koufax baseball cards have maintained their popularity over the years. In fact, one could argue his status has grown as the decades have passed.

Vintage Sandy Koufax baseball cards are in the upper echelon of the hobby, no matter the year. He might not have quite the same status as Mickey Mantle but he’s close. Koufax continues to be a cornerstone in modern products, usually thanks to the allure of autographs.

With plenty of cards to choose from, many are worth a lot. So what are the most valuable Sandy Koufax baseball cards? We count them down below.

Most Valuable Sandy Koufax Baseball Cards

Rankings are based on cards priced in the Beckett Baseball Card Price Guide (Dec, 2015). Subscribers have access to full pricing.

11. 2013 Topps Tier One Clear Reprint Autographs Sandy Koufax #SK

Sandy Koufax Baseball Cards - 2013 Topps Tier One Clear Reprint Autographs

Acetate is something that can add a lot of pop to a signed card. The 2013 Topps Tier One Clear Reprint Autograph of Koufax re-imagines his 1957 card using the plastic stock. The result is something that’s familiar but different. Limited to 25 copies overall, it was originally a redemption that’s set to expire in July, 2016.

10. 2001 Topps Golden Anniversary Autographs Sandy Koufax #GAASK

2001 Topps Golden Anniversary Sandy Koufax Autograph

The 2001 Topps Golden Anniversary Autographs checklist is a big one that fully embraced the concept of mixing past and present players. It has a distinct look and a strong following still today. The line spread across multiple sets with Koufax found in Series 1 packs. Understandably, it’s a short print, further adding to its appeal and value.

9. 2015 Topps Heritage Real One Autographs Red Ink Sandy Koufax #ROASK /66

2015 Topps Heritage Real One Autographs Special Edition Red Sandy Koufax

When it comes to modern cards, Topps Heritage Real One Autographs are among the most popular lines of signed cards. Bring in the Red Ink parallels and prices go even higher. As always for the main line, the 2015 Topps Heritage Real One Autographs Red Ink Sandy Koufax is signed on-card. In packs it’s a redemption (slated to expire in February, 2018). However, they have been signed and aren’t in redemption limbo.

8. 2011 Topps Lineage Autographs Sandy Koufax #SK

2011 Topps Lineage Sandy Koufax Autograph

2011 Topps Lineage is largely considered to be a “what could have been” kind of release. The brand, which mashed up a bunch of different designs from the past, just didn’t click and was tweaked to become a revamped Topps Archives the following year. But just because the product as a whole might not have worked doesn’t mean that it didn’t have some impressive pieces.

This Sandy Koufax autograph is one that definitely did work. Based on the 1965 Topps Baseball design, it’s got both a classic look and a hard signature. In addition to the tough base version, there’s a Gold Canary Diamond versions that’s numbered to 10.

7. 2013 Topps Tier One Dual Autographs Sandy Koufax, Hank Aaron #KA /25

2013 Topps Tier One Dual Autograph Sandy Koufax Hank Aaron

Koufax and Hank Aaron have only appeared on a few of dual autograph cards together. Of those, just a couple have on-card signatures. This is one of them. Originally inserted as a redemption. both of the Hall of Famers signed and the cards have been sent out. However, with just 25 to start with, only a couple of the completed cards have made their way to the secondary market.

6. 1959 Topps Venezuelan Sandy Koufax #163

1959 Topps Venezuelan Sandy Koufax

Perhaps the most well-known Topps export is when the designs were printed in Canada under the O-Pee-Chee banner. But there was a time when a similar approach was taken with Topps baseball cards in South America. Today, Topps Venezuelan cards are notorious for both their rarity and condition sensitivity. The 1959 Topps Venezuelan Sandy Koufax ranks so high because of this.

Topps Venezuelan cards were printed on cheaper stock with little to no glossy coating. Over the years, science has done its thing and they’ve been breaking down. This means if you have a thing for only top-condition cards, you might have to make some compromises here.

5. 1958 Dodgers Bell Brand Sandy Koufax #6

1958 Bell Brand Sandy Koufax

The 1958 Dodgers Bell Brand Sandy Koufax is a tough regional food issue that captures the icon upon the Dodgers’ relocation from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. Included in bags of potato chips, the 3″ x 4″ card has a distinct mint green border surrounding a sepia photo. Like a lot of food-issue cards, it originally came wrapped in cellophane. This would have protected it from the oil in the chips. It also makes those still in the wrap even more valuable.

4. 2001 Upper Deck Game Jersey Autograph Sandy Koufax #CSK /32

2001 Upper Deck Game Jersey Autograph Sandy Koufax 32

Sandy Koufax has had his share of autograph cards over the years. That said, the majority have been limited in supply. The 2001 Upper Deck Game Jersey Autograph of the Hall of Famer is one of his first to combine a signature with a piece of memorabilia. Signed on-card, it’s limited to 32 copies. Supply has long since dried up — not that there was much to start with. As a result, expect to see much higher prices for this one compared to most of his newer cards.

3. 2015 Topps Heritage Real One Autographs Dual Sandy Koufax, Clayton Kershaw #RODAKK /25

2015 Topps Heritage High Number Real One Autograph Sandy Koufax Clayton Kershaw Redemption

What do you get when you combine the greatest Dodgers pitcher of all-time with one of today’s greats who is drawing fair comparisons to Koufax? A redemption card would be the snarky answer. But look past the IOU (historically, both Koufax and Kershaw have returned their cards) and you’ve got a strong autograph. It helps that the card is also part of the Heritage line, which has a big following and on-card signatures.

Included in 2015 Topps Heritage High Number packs, the card is limited to 25 copies.

2. 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax RC #123

1955 Topps Sandy Koufax RC

Of course the 1955 Topps rookie card is going to be in the upper echelon of a list showcasing the most valuable Sandy Koufax baseball cards. Not only is it one of the pitcher’s best, it’s one of the most iconic and coveted cards of the Post-War Era. Combine it with the Roberto Clemente rookie, and the set is even more appealing.

Visually, it’s impossible not to be drawn to Koufax’s portrait. It’s unassuming and near-perfect, much like the pitcher was on the mound. The second image of him standing on the dugout steps might look a lot like Johnny Damon, but it adds some visual balance.

For anyone collecting Sandy Koufax or vintage Topps cards, this is a classic card that most strive for. As the market for these cards continues to grow, prices for top-quality versions are setting price records on a regular basis in recent years.

1. 1966 Topps Venezuelan Sandy Koufax #100

1966 Topps Venezuelan Sandy Koufax

While the 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax rookie card might be his most iconic card, it’s not necessarily the most valuable. Like all Topps Venezuelan sets, this one is extremely rare in any condition. That makes top-condition copies virtually impossible to find given the lower quality cardboard it was printed on and South American distribution. To date, the highest BVG-graded copy is a 6. PSA has also never ranked one higher than a 6. The majority of cards graded by both companies, and there aren’t many, haven’t gone higher than a 3.

It should be noted that while the 1966 Topps Venezuelan Sandy Koufax may top the price guide, that is based on base condition. Currently, his rookie card is seeing huge surges for top-graded cards.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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7 comments

  1. Elliot 30 December, 2015 at 15:26

    I was fortunate enough to hit a Sandy Koufax autograph in 2014 Topps Supreme Baseball. Could arguably be my favorite hit ever, especially as a Jewish baseball fan, and due to the fact that his cards are *super* rare in that product (In that set, he only has parallels #’d to 5 and /1. Mine is one of the black parallels, #’d 3 of 5).

  2. Dan Ellis 2 May, 2016 at 15:42

    I currently have a 1959 Topps Venezuelan Sandy Koufax #163 card. If I wanted to sell it, how would I go about getting a price for it? Thank you. Dan.

  3. PupilOfPumpsie 5 September, 2016 at 20:49

    Always good to see Topps Venezuelans get their due. There are several other Venezuelan Koufax’s available from 1962, 1964 and 1967 (Retirado). Given the common practice of gluing cards, the 1966 cards can be difficult to find in top condition. Still, the 1959 is from the tough second series and is much tougher to find, even when considering condition, than the 1966. The 1967 Retirado also sells for much more than the 1966 in top condition. Regards.

  4. Kevin Cone 1 August, 2017 at 00:49

    My father passed away a couple years ago and I have all his remaining cards. Unfortunately he sold most of his cards in the 80’s to save our house from the bank. One card is what looks like a near perfect Koufax rookie card. How do I get it rated? There are also several other cards from the 50’s(Mantle, Berra, Robinson, Mays) that I would like to be looked at.

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