Category Archives: Hank Aaron Collection

Hank Aaron’s Lone World Series Championship – 1957

Hank Aaron’s Lone World Series Championship – 1957

The Atlanta Braves rode the wave of their very talented and powerful outfielder during the course of the 1957 baseball season.

Hank took the team into the playoffs for the first time in his young career in ’57, and he shined marvelously!!!

In seven games, Hank went 11-for-28, good for a .393 clip.  He connected for one triple and three home runs in those seven games, while also scoring five runs and driving in seven.

The Braves won the title in seven games during the ‘Fall Classic’ over the New York Yankees.

Hank Aaron, The 1957 National League Most Valuable Player!!!

Hank Aaron, The 1957 National League Most Valuable Player!!!

Hank had a monster season by all accounts in 1957.

Not only did he help lead his team to the World Series championship, but he took his game to another level – an MVP level.

The numbers:  198 hits, .322 batting average, 27 doubles, 44 home runs (league leader), 118 runs scored (league leader), and 132 RBI (league leader).  And as a 23-year youngster, he showed tremendous control at the plate – in 675 plate appearances, Hank struck out just 58 times, while walking 57 (15 intentionally).

Hank Aaron Was Named An All-Star Twenty-One Times!!!

Hank Aaron Was Named An All-Star Twenty-One Times!!!

No player has been selected as an All-Star more than Hank Aaron.

Not Ruth.

Not Mays.

Not Mantle.

Not Gehrig.

Not Ripken.

Hank Aaron stands alone and on top of the leader board with twenty-one All-Star game selections during his twenty-three season major league career.

Hank Aaron, Batting Champion.

Hank Aaron, Batting Champion.

Most baseball fans don’t confuse the term ‘slugger’ and ‘hitter’.  Hank Aaron was a hitter, he just happened to hit the ball hard and long.

In fact, he was so good at the plate, that he won two batting crowns.

In his third year in the league, Hank Aaron won the 1956 batting title.  During that season, Hank amassed 200 hits, good for a .328 batting average.  Three seasons later, in 1959, he did it again – this time collecting 223 hits en route to a .355 average.

Atta Boy Hank!!!

How many ‘sluggers’ do you know that can claim a batting crown?  Not very many, that is for sure!!!

Hank Aaron Is A 3-Time Gold Glove Winner

Hank Aaron Is A 3-Time Gold Glove Winner

Often overshadowed due to his lack of flare and desire to be in the spotlight, Hank Aaron was a very solid outfielder over the course of his career.

And from 1958-1960, he was celebrated as one of the best outfielders in the National League as we won three consecutive Gold Glove awards for defensive excellence.

In those three campaigns, Hank made 886 put-outs, had 37 assists, and committed just 11 errors.

Who knows, if it had not been for a spectacular right-fielder in Pittsburgh, Aaron may have won a few more of these…

Happy Birthday Henry Louis Aaron!!!!

Happy Birthday Henry Louis Aaron!!!!

That’s right, today is ‘Hammerin’ Hank Aaron’s 80th birthday.

And I plan on celebrating Hank’s birthday in grand style!!  The day will be full of posts celebrating the major league career of one of the greatest to ever play the game.

It will be a fun-filled day at ’30-YOC’.

Happy Birthday Mr. Aaron!!!

Hank Aaron 2013 Bowman Rookie Reprint – Sapphire!

Hank Aaron 2013 Bowman Rookie Reprint – Sapphire!

After already scoring cards from this set of both Andrew McCutchen and Ken Griffey Jr., I immediately sought out the complete checklist as I really liked what I was seeing with this issue.

The result of my homework culminated in a search for the Hank Aaron card.

It did not take me too long to find one, and it was affordable.

So, I clicked.  I bought.  I paid.

And now, I have one more card from this unique set in my collection.

And the card is beau-ti-ful!!!

Have a look:

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Featuring an ultra-gloss shine and the additional Sapphire coloring that the McCutchen and Griffey card offered, this one is exceptional.

I love the young image of Aaron on this card – and the updated look does not take too much away from the vintage feel of the card’s original design.

Another great addition to my Hank Aaron player collection.

Hank Aaron 1994 Upper Deck ‘Diamond Legends’

Hank Aaron 1994 Upper Deck ‘Diamond Legends’

This is kind of a different one…

I picked it up recently ‘on the blind’ as I was doing some shopping on sportlots.com.  The seller was offering it for $0.18 and I already had a bunch of cards in my cart from him so I took the low-risk plunge.

The card was produced by Upper Deck in 1994, and is part of the ‘Diamond Legends’ set.

As you can see, the card features 2 images – 1 action, and 1 posed.

I am still trying to find the right words to describe how the coloring of the card works…

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Hank Aaron 2011 Topps ‘T-60’

Hank Aaron 2011 Topps ‘T-60’

I really need to see how hard and how expensive it would be to complete this set – I have yet to find a ‘bad’ card in the bunch.

Have a look:

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The card comes from the 2011 Topps ’60’ release and as you can see, it features a large, cut-out ’60’ as the main background feature.  Personally, I really like the look and I like it even more that Topps gave us great main-event quality images to add even more power to the card.

It may be time to truly breakdown the set and see what would be required to build it card-by-card until complete.

I think it would be a lot of fun.  How about you??

Hank Aaron 2001 Topps Opening Day – “Golden Moments”

Hank Aaron 2001 Topps Opening Day – “Golden Moments”

One of my favorite baseball cards themes is the celebration of a player or team achievement.

No card captures the sheer excitement of a baseball memory better.

A perfect example of a card achieving this kind of emotional reaction is this one from the 2001 Topps Opening Day set that honors Hank Aaron topping Babe Ruth on the all-time home runs list.

Take a look:

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Simply magical!!

And I love the Silver additions to the card – just a little more shine to make the card pop!

A great addition to my Hank Aaron collection.