Circa 1960s Los Angeles Dodgers Game-Used Cap Attributed to Sandy Koufax

Sold For: $2,400

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2039

Item Year: 1966

Category: Game-Used Jerseys & Equipment

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Circa 1960s Los Angeles Dodgers pro-model cap attributed to Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax. The blue-wool cap displays the Dodger's "LA" logo on the front in white embroidery. A "KM" label appears along the back of the interior leather headband. The "KM Pro Cap" insignia is also stamped on the headband, as is the size, "7 1/4." A "7 1/4" size tag is also affixed near the front, underneath the headband. Koufax's uniform number "32" is written in faded black marker on the underside of the brim. The name "Koufax" is written in blue ink on the interior portion of the headband. The cap displays moderate wear throughout. Caps, by their very nature, are very difficult to attribute to a specific player without direct provenance. Our consignor purchased the offered cap at auction in 2011, at which time the auction house added an online addendum that addressed its provenance. While we cannot verify any of the statements made by the other auction house, we will at least repeat it here, so that our bidders can weigh all the information and come to their own conclusions:

Our consignor of this cap is the largest and most knowledgeable cap collector in the world. He informed us that this cap was obtained around 1980 from Dick Dobbins in a trade. He further educated us on the labeling on the cap. Prior to 1965-66, the Dodgers had a Tim McAuliffe/KM Pro cloth label with the black KM Pro label stamp beside the size. Tim McAuliffe was simply a salesman who would contract with a team to have KM Pro Cap Co. make caps for that team and in turn his name would be on the label, too. Around the last part of 1965 into 1966, all of the Dodger caps bore a cloth KM Pro label without his name and had the black KM Pro label stamp. This continued on to about 1972 or 1973, with New Era then taking over. Tim McAuliffe labelling can be found on Dodger caps starting around 1958 or so and then was gone around 1965-1966. Koufax last season was 1966 and there was not another #32 after that, thus showing that it was never a coaches cap. Additionally, coaches caps had a white leather sweatband and not the brown ones.

As we stated earlier, the italicized statements were made by the auction house that originally offered this cap in 2011 and are provided simply as added information. We cannot verify those statements and our attribution of this cap to Sandy Koufax is based solely on the facts that this is a pro-model cap from the era that has Koufax's uniform number written on the underside of the brim and his name written on the interior of the headband. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open).

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