Legend Mel Ott's signed baseball auctions at Skinner

Skinner's Discovery promises something for every collection, taste and budget. The sale will offer a brand selection of estate furnishings, decorative accessories, carpets & rugs, toys & dolls, and artwork from the 18th-20th century.

A Venetian Blue Glass vase 

The sale promises a number of items for entry-level collectors and investors. Among them is a Venetian Gilt-decorated Cobalt Blue Glass Two-Handled Vase, which will auction estimated, $100-125.

For sports and autograph collectors is a baseball signed by none other than the New York Giants right fielder legend, Mel "Master Melvin" Ott (1909-1958). Ott was the first National League player to surpass 500 home runs; and an excellent power hitter considering his slight 5ft 9 inches height.

The auction itself will be held in Marlborough, Massachusetts, US from May 12-13. And if you're in the area, pre-sale viewings are scheduled to take place from May 11-13.

In other baseball collectibles news, one of the most widely identifiable of all professional sports uniforms has sold at auction for an astounding $564,930.

The pinstriped New York Yankees home uniform Yogi Berra wore during the 1956 World Series perfect game pitched by Don Larsen was auctioned at Grey Flannel Auctions.

Mel Ott's signed baseball

Elsewhere, a signed baseball bearing the autographs of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig recently auctioned at Cordier Antiques & Auctions in Pennsylvania, US.

The historic ball, signed by the stars at an exhibition game at Dexter Park, was caught by one lucky bidder for a bargain $4,500.

It was certainly a great investment. Other Ruth autographs, like this one which is currently available on the market, can command much higher prices and offer good value appreciation.

Last year, Babe Ruth's 'most important bat' auctioned in the US, swinging towards an incredible final hammer price of $537,750.


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