Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons XXI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/8/2009
One of the most undervalued post WWII cards has to be the 1954 Topps rookie card of the immortal Hall of Famer “Hammerin” Hank Aaron. The presented example, graded a spectacular PSA 8, has only bested by 24 or 1% of the almost 2,400 encapsulated Aaron rookies. While valuable, this card does not compete with rookie cards such as the 1951 Bowman and 1952 Topps Mantle. All Aaron accomplished was the “unthinkable” when he shattered the “Bambino” legendary 714 lifetime home run record as well as claiming the all-time record for runs batted in! One of the top ten hitters in baseball history, Aaron’s lifetime achievements are outstanding and, likewise, his representation on this offering is simply magnificent! A young Aaron portrait image accompanied by a black & white fielding pose are both set against a brilliant orange background. The snow white borders are well centered and the edging and four corners are extremely sharp. All of the front and reverse side print registration is vivid, and no major surface flaws are evident with most of the original gloss still intact. Sometimes we forget that this card is now 55 years old, yet somehow it has managed to maintain virtually all of its original qualities. Any visually striking cardboard example of the first player even to surpass “The Babe’s” home run mark is worth pursuing, but the rookie card of that same player is an unquestionable “must have” for any high grade enthusiast. Bid strong on a card that should only rise in value during the upcoming years.
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