1966 Bazooka Complete Box with Sandy Koufax - PSA Graded!
Graded by PSA EX-MT 6. Other than the usual mainstream cards issued by the Topps Gum Company, many of the most desirable Sandy Koufax cards are other gum cards, some of which were issued by Bazooka Gum. From the late 1950s through the 1960s, Bazooka issued boxes of individually wrapped pink chewy confection with cards of the best Major Leaguers on the back panel. Usually issued in three-card panels, which were to be cut off by the young collector, high grade examples are certainly a challenge to locate. Young, eager hands weren't the most adept at "trimming" these cards off the boxes, with shelf life and shipping also keeping down high grade examples due to scratching and other surface damage. While high grade panels are certainly difficult, unused Bazooka boxes are a tremendous rarity! Leland's offers a newly found complete Bazooka box, containing one of the most attractive examples of the 1966 Bazooka Sandy Koufax panel, which "The Left Arm of God" also shares with All-Stars Willie Horton of the Detroit Tigers and Frank Howard of the Washington Senators. As an added bonus, there is a small image of Koufax on the other side, one which appeared on all the 1966 Bazooka boxes. Graded by PSA as an EX/MT 6, the box certainly displays much nicer, with the technical grade far removed from the eye appeal. The actual panel has minimal surface wear, and the colors are bright and the features crisp. There is a light crease on one of the flaps, which does not interfere with any of the cards, and does not detract from the box's overall appearance. As mentioned, the eye appeal is tremendous and the box, which has never been used to house bubble gum, has Near Mint or better appearance. According to the PSA population report, this is one of six 1966 Bazooka Koufax complete boxes graded by PSA, and is the sole example graded PSA EX/MT 6, with only two higher. Of the total amount graded, very few would have the eye appeal of this newly discovered gem.
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