Spring 2012 Catalog Auction > Sports > Baseball Autographs
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Lot 452: Mel Ott Signed Baseball
UPDATE: Signature removals are not visible with the naked eye
For most of the 20th Century, Mel Ott was the closest thing to Babe Ruth the National League had seen, racking up 511 home runs and 1,160 RBI in his 22 seasons with the New York Giants, the last six as player-manager. Displays as a NRMT-MT single-signed baseball - a Spalding Official League model. A closer look reveals that it has signature removals. This was done professionally and is not noticeable by the naked eye. One of the nicest Mel Ott signed baseballs that we have ever seen. From 1928-45, Ott led the Giants in home runs; The 18-season consecutive dominance being a record as no other player has ever led his team in more consecutive years in a single Triple Crown category. In addition, he is one of only five National League players in history to record 100+ RBI in eight consecutive seasons (later matched by Willie Mays, Chipper Jones, Sammy Sosa and Albert Pujols. The Hall of Famer and 12-time All-Star was both the youngest player to hit 100 home runs and the first National Leaguer to hit 500 roundtrippers. JSA LOA.
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