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    The first 500 Home Run Club member from each league!

    1943-46 Babe Ruth & Mel Ott Dual-Signed Baseball. The specific stamping style of this Official National League baseball from the presidency of Ford Frick supplies the date range of our lot title, but we'd be willing to bet that at least Ott's signature dates to 1945, as he'd become the third member, and the first from the Senior Circuit, to join the illustrious 500 Home Run Club on August first of that year. He'd remain the most prolific home run artist of the National League until another legendary Giant by the name of Willie Mays cruised past Ott's lifetime tally of 511 in 1966.

    The man on the sweet spot, of course, was the founding member of the 500 Home Run Club, and as a resident of the Upper West Side of Manhattan he'd often return to the ballpark where he'd gotten his start with the New York Yankees in 1920 back when the two Big Apple ballclubs shared the Polo Grounds. It was likely at that location that each of the signatures that share space upon this ancient orb was acquired.

    It's the first dual-signed example we've encountered from this illustrious Big Apple duo, and likely the only one that exists, a fact that makes its spectacular state of preservation feel like overkill. The experts at Beckett assess Ruth's blue ink on the sweet spot at a rather conservative 7/10, while Ott's black ink to the north is an even bolder 9/10. The ball itself is clean and boldly stamped, well deserving of the high-quality autographs--in both esteem and condition--that adorn its surface. Certainly one of the finest early "theme" balls of any kind that we have had the privilege to offer. Full Grading LOA from Beckett (Ruth Auto 7, Ott Auto 9). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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    August, 2021
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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