1965 Sandy Koufax jersey sells for $166,818 in Grey Flannel's Summer Games auction Grey Flannel's Summer Games auction knocked the ball out of the park with a $166,818 price realized on a 1965 Sandy Koufax game-used LA Dodgers home jersey. A Kobe Bryan rookie jersey made $115,242.
News-Antique.com - Jun 13,2012 - WESTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Sandy Koufax, the Dodgers’ left-handed ace and youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, may have left the mound in 1966, but his career accomplishments are far from forgotten. In Grey Flannel’s May 30 Summer Games Auction, a game-used home jersey from Koufax’s 1965 Cy Young and Championship season attracted intense bidding as it sped past its $25,000 reserve to score a $166,818 price realized, making it the top lot of the blockbuster sale.
“Koufax is one of those enduring stars whose appeal crosses generations of baseball fans,” said Grey Flannel Auctions’ president, Richard E. Russek. “He nailed just about every important honor available to a player, including two World Series MVP Awards, two Hickok Belts, Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year Award and the 1965 Cy Young Award. That, together with his Hall of Fame status, made him a living legend by the age of 30. The jersey in our sale – which was a ‘10’ in every way – vividly brought back memories of Koufax and the three-hit shutout he pitched to clinch the 1965 Series.”
A second baseball lot that garnered substantial attention was an incredible 1930 New York Yankees team-signed ball that included the vibrant signatures of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Entered with a minimum bid of $5,000, it drew a flurry of bidders who chased it all the way to a $71,557 price realized. Russek remarked that it was “the nicest 1930 Yankees team baseball [Grey Flannel] ever handled.” Originally sourced from the Yankees’ then-owner Jacob Ruppert, the ball was accompanied by a letter of provenance from a descendant of Ruppert’s companion, Miss Minnie Wyant.
An early 1930s game-used road uniform that belonged to the Washington Senators’ Hall of Famer Joe Cronin was another of the sale’s baseball highlights. The gorgeous flannel uniform handily surpassed its $5,000 reserve to settle at $40,388.
There was no shortage of bidders for Orel Hershiser’s 1988 Sport Magazine World Series MVP trophy. In 1988, Hershiser enjoyed one of the best single seasons in pitching history, winning the Cy Young Award, throwing a still-record 59 consecutive scoreless innings and winning both the NLCS and World Series MVP Awards for his World Champion Dodgers. This tremendous award, coming with a LOA from the man himself, brought a price realized of $28,298.
Kobe Bryant’s LA Lakers rookie-debut uniform set a record for the highest-selling Kobe “gamer” at auction with a selling price of $115,242. “This was a popular item,” said Russek. “The uniform was from the earliest days of Bryant’s professional career, when he was quickly making a name for himself in the NBA.”
The only publicly known Jerry West NBA All-Star game-used jersey earned nearly nine times its minimum bid, achieving a remarkable $88,826. Hall of Famer Jerry West was voted one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. The jersey was originally sourced from the West family and is unique because it has “West” on both the front and back.