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1934 R304 Al Demaree Die-Cut #87 Mel Ott
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $1,527.50
Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA. Only "1 of 1" graded by PSA with no other examples at any level graded by PSA. R304 Demaree Die-Cut of Hall of Famer Mel Ott of the New York Giants. This is one of four R304 Al Demaree Die-Cuts consigned to this auction by a non collector who happened to find these cards in his attic. Each of the four R304s was special, but this card of Mel Ott was particularly noteworthy: It was unknown as recently as 2006 and was added to the Standard Catalog checklist only in the 2007 edition. Issued by Chicago’s Dietz Gum Company in 1934, Demaree die-cuts are among the rarest of all 1930s gum issues. No full set is known to exist, and due to their considerable rarity, as this example of Mel Ott illustrates, even the checklisting of the set is still a work-in-progress some seventy plus years after its issue. R304s' unusual design combines black-and-white photographic player portraits with cartoon body art drawn by former Major League pitcher Al Demaree. Not only are these cards extremely rare, but their fragile die-cut design makes them all the more unlikely to survive in Ex-Mt or better condition. The offered example is a rare exception. This R304 of Mel Ott has survived complete, with standup tab intact. It is perfectly clean, both front and back, with bright and crisp colors, flawless registration, and with only a hint of two small age spots (of little consequence and mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy). R304s have always been held in the highest esteem by advanced collectors both for their extreme rarity, as well as for their very striking and unique design. The red accents of Ott's uniform make this important new checklist addition a particularly striking and magnificent high-grade Hall of Famer example of one of card collecting's rarest and most interesting 1930s gum issues. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,527.50
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