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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

March 31, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Why I’ll never be an art collector

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(This Associated Press file photo of Sandy Koufax and actress Dorothy Provine after a costume fitting for the television western series “Colt .45” on Nov. 11, 1959, really has nothing to do with this post, except the post is sort of about Koufax. But it was so wonderfully random I couldn’t pass it up).

Some of you may have figured out by now that I kind of have a fixation with Sandy Koufax, who was my childhood athletic hero growing up in Southern California.

So on Wednesday I found myself at Dodger Stadium covering the Mariners-Dodgers exhibition game. There’s a booth there selling oil paintings of great Dodgers. Naturally, I was intrigued by their Koufax piece, so when Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News-Tribune and I were walking down to the clubhouse before the game, we asked the guy working there how much it cost.

“Seventy-five…” he said.

I thought to myself, well, $75 is a little steep, but, hey, it’s Sandy Koufax. I could probably spring for it.

“…hundred,” he finished.

It was $7,500. Uh, never mind. I assumed they were selling a print, but it was actually the original. And a little out of my league, even for Sandy.

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