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Lot # 948 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1949 Mel Ott & Carl Hubbell Dual-Signed Baseball PSA/DNA NM+ 7.5 - Displays as an Ott Single

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $13,035

Spalding "Official League Ball" signed in blue fountain pen, on separate side panels, by Mel Ott and Carl Hubbell. Graded NR-MT+ 7.5 by PSA/DNA (signatures graded 9, ball graded 6, for a final grade of 7.5). An additional blue-ink notation, reading 1949/Giants," appears on the sweet spot (probably indicating the year it was signed; Ott and Hubbell were both long retired at that point). This is an outstanding ball, not just for the quality of the signatures and the fact that Ott and Hubbell are both prominent Hall of Famers and Giants teammates throughout the 1930s and eraly 1940s, but also for the fact that it displays beautifully as a Mel Ott single-signed ball. Mel Ott single-signed balls are exceedingly rare, especially top-grade examples, and are highly prized by collectors today (and this is especially so since Ott is a key early member of the "500 Home Run Club," a very popular area of collecting for single-signed baseball collectors). The reasons for their rarity are threefold: The first, of course, is Ott's untimely death in 1958 at the age of forty-nine. Also, Ott was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1951, so Hall of Fame autograph collectors had just a short eight-year "window" to obtain his signature. Lastly, it should be remembered that during that time single-signed balls, which were much more expensive than other options, such as a photo, government postcard, or a sheet of paper, had not yet become the ideal for most autograph collectors. Each of those factors is responsible for the extreme scarcity of Ott singles today. Given the fact that this ball 1) features the signature examples of two of the greatest players in Giants team history; 2) has been graded NR-MT 7.5+ by PSA/DNA; and 3) can easily be displayed as an Ott single if so desired, makes it both an exceptional and unique dual-signed ball. The ball, which is very lightly toned, is house in its original PSA/DNA ball holder (original seal broken) and is accompanied by its full PSA/DNA LOA. Additional LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $13,035

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