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    Late 1930's Mel Ott Signed Baseball. Of all the milestones of immortality that dot the baseball landscape, none quickens our pulse quite the way the 500 home run mark does. Pitching may win ballgames, but the long ball wins hearts, and there isn't a little leaguer alive who hasn't dreamed of knocking one out of a big league park in the clutch. Fortunately for collectors, most of the Club is quite readily available on singles. Some of the post-war sluggers are now gone, but all left a good supply behind. Ruth is likewise quite easy to locate, though pricier. Jimmie Foxx is very tough, yes, but the prize for toughest of them all goes to the man who made the right field bleachers of the Polo Grounds his personal landing pad for twenty-two seasons, the immortal Mel Ott.

    Here he supplies a 7/10 black ink signature on the side panel of an ONL (Frick) baseball in a stamping format that saw Senior Circuit action only between 1936 and 1940. Scattered toning and surface wear causes little distraction, and could be indicative of game use prior to the ball's meeting with Ott's fountain pen. A very solid example of one of the hobby's most nagging rarities. Both James Spence Authentication and PSA/DNA note some signature removals. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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    February, 2016
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