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Spectacular Mel Ott Single-Signed Ball - JSA/Beckett 10
Starting Bid - $10,000, Sold For - $27,000
Presented here is what can only be described as the finest Mel Ott signature on a baseball we have ever seen. That opinion is shared by Beckett Grading as well, which has encapsulated the ball and graded the signature a perfect "10." Ott's black fountain-pen signature has been flawlessly scripted across the sweet spot of this official National League (Frick) ball, with the signature so bold it can be easily read across the distance of two rooms. The entire sweet-spot panel has been coated with a layer of protective shellac, otherwise the ball remains in Near Mint condition overall. Ideally, the ball dates to the narrow two-year manufacturing period of 1947-1948, which corresponds to Ott's last two seasons in a New York Giants uniform. Ott was player/manager of the Giants in 1947. The following season he managed for half the year (he did not appear in any games as a player) before being replaced by Leo Durocher. As most collectors are aware, a Mel Ott single-signed ball is exceedingly rare and represents the "key" piece for anyone attempting to put together a complete 500 Home Run Club single-signed ball collection. This is only the second example we have ever offered and we cannot recall having seen more than five others at auction in the past ten years. For the past decade this superb example has been one of the main highlights of our consignor's world-class 500 Home Run Club single-signed ball collection. All of the balls from that collection, including extraordinary examples for both Jimmie Foxx and Babe Ruth, are featured in this auction as well. It should be noted that this ball has appeared at auction twice before. Its first appearance on the block was in 1991, when it sold for $6,875. It reappeared fourteen years later in 2005, when our consignor purchased it for $14,967. It was our consignor who then later submitted the ball to JSA/Beckett for grading, and it has remained in his possession since that time. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA and full LOA from PSA/DNA. Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open).SOLD FOR $27,000
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