Absolutely stunning and historically exceptional circa 1931 New York Giants jersey game worn by Hall of Fame slugger Mel Ott with three incredible photo-matches to SEVEN of his trading cards from the 1930s. Fewer than five Ott jerseys have survived the passage of time and been offered for public sale, and this is the first time that one has been definitively photo-matched, referencing one of Ott's rarer cards, the 1933 George C. Miller. Spalding tag is in the neck and to the right is "M. Ott" embroidered in red; sleeves are custom-shortened and his since-retired number 4 is not on the back as the Giants did not have numbers until June of 1932. In another fascinating affectation, the back tail was cut, which was common back in the 1930s as teams would use the fabric to repair pants to ensure they were using matching cloth. "GIANTS" on front is 100% original, there is some missing piping trim, four buttons have been replaced and there are a few repairs to small holes, none of which detracts from the eye appeal and historic value of this superlative offering. Only 28 players in the storied lineage of Major League Baseball are part of the highly-exclusive 500 career home run club, as the Giants' star bashed 511 round-trippers in his 22 seasons - all spent on the Upper West Side. Of that elite group, his is the rarest jersey we have come across other than Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx, again attesting to the special nature of this gamer. Slight of stature at just 5'9" and listed at 170 pounds, "Master Melvin" packed quite a punch, leading the National League in homers six times, and standing as the first NL player to reach that 500 HR plateau. Along with his 12 All-Star Game appearances, Ott clearly had ample credentials for his 1951 induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame and remains one of the most iconic figures in franchise history. Conclusively photo-matched by Resolution Photomatching and comes with their full LOA.
Historical Photo-Matches: Resolution Photomatching has found conclusive photo-matches to three different images that were used for an astounding SEVEN Mel Ott trading cards! One was used for Ott's 1933 George C. Miller card, one was used for Ott's 1934 & 1935 Exhibit 4-On-1 cards and the final was used for Ott's 1933 Goudey, 1935 Diamond Stars, 1934 Butterfinger and 1933 Worch Cigar cards.