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    A masterful Melvin...

    1933 Goudey Melvin Ott #207 Signed, PSA/DNA Mint 9. Though Leo Durocher's famous quip, "Nice guys finish last" is most commonly attributed to a conversation regarding the universally beloved Ott's struggles as the Giants manager in the final seasons of his Big League career, few players in baseball history were as consistently successful as Mel Ott during his playing prime. On the short list of his most impressive accomplishments, Ott finished first in team rankings for home runs eighteen consecutive seasons (1928-45), the only man in baseball history to build a streak of that length in any of the Triple Crown categories. The youngest player to reach 100 home runs, and the first National Leaguer to reach 500, Ott wore the Senior Circuit career home run crown for three decades until another giant by the name of Mays snatched it from his head in 1965.

    Unusually small in stature for a power hitter, and utilizing a bizarre high-stepping batting style that would give a modern-day batting instructor fits, the native Louisianan was an unlikely candidate to rewrite the National League record books, a fact that made him all the more popular amid a Big Apple fanbase flustered by the dominance of the Giants' pinstriped neighbors. In Ott, the Polo Grounds faithful found their champion.

    One smart trading card collector from the dawn of the Bubble Gum Era found him too, presenting this blood-red beauty for an autograph, supplied in spectacularly bold black fountain pen ink in the rare and desirable "Melvin Ott" format. The card itself exhibits typical edge and corner wear but the image is vivid and perfectly registered, supplying world class visual appeal. We believe this to be the only signed example of this card. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, Mint 9. Full Grading LOA from PSA/DNA, Mint 9. Full LOA from SGC Authentic.


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    August, 2017
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