Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/18/2009
There may have been no more steady player than Aaron to ever take the field. His numbers are amazing when you look at the consistency of what he did year after year. A batting average of .300, 40 home runs, 100 RBI’s. Just another day at the office for Aaron.
The fact that society and baseball have never given “Hammerin’ Hank” the affection he so richly deserves is staggering. For many, given the steroid scandal with Barry Bonds, Aaron still stands alone as baseball’s home run king.
Aaron’s ’54 Topps rookie is one of the most popular Topps issues of all time. The perfect Aaron profile, flanked ironically by a fielding pose. Any youngster opening a Topps wax pack on a sunny afternoon in 1954 could hardly have dreamed that Aaron would smash 755 long balls before his career was through.
This offering survived the bike spokes and endless rounds of flipping. It was probably never traded or even handled. Instead, it was shuttled off to a shoebox on a closet shelf where it never saw the light of day. Aaron cards of this caliber are treasures. And at a NM/MT 8, the card is virtually without error. A slight rough cut on one side and a mere hint of natural aging on the reverse are all that keep this card from jumping into the MINT category. As it is, this treasure is one not to be missed.
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