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1974 Headline: Hank Aaron Traded To Milwaukee

1974 Headline:  Hank Aaron Traded To Milwaukee

On this day in 1974, the Atlanta Braves traded Henry Aaron to the Milwaukee Brewers for Dave May and Roger Alexander.

The aging Aaron was nearing the end of his major league career, and played just two more seasons before retiring in 1976.  Still, he was a huge attraction in the sport, and continued to build on his legendary status while playing for the Brewers.

1968 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Crushes Career Home Run #500!!!!

1968 HEADLINE: Henry Aaron Crushes Career Home Run #500!!!!

On this day in 1968, Hank Aaron belted the 500th home run of his amazing baseball career. This milestone came at home and in Atlanta against the San Francisco Giants. In the bottom of the third inning, Aaron crushed a 3-run home run off of Giants’ pitcher Mike McCormick giving the Braves a 3-0 lead and giving baseball another member in the historic ‘500 HR Club’.

For the day, Aaron went 2-for-4 with the home run and a single. He drove in three runs on the day while scoring another.

This game also featured another future member of the ‘500 HR Club’ – Hall of Famer, Willie McCovey.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Aaron!!!

1974 HEADLINE: Hank Aaron Is Baseball’s New Home Run King!!!

1974 HEADLINE: Hank Aaron Is Baseball’s New Home Run King!!!

On this day in 1974, and less than a week into the new baseball season, Hank Aaron became ball’s new home run king.  What a long offseason it must have been…

At home, and in front of 53,775 Braves fans, Hank Aaron crushed the 715th home run of his career passing Babe Ruth.  Coming to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning, Arron faced Al Downing and sent his offering into the left field bleachers!!

And as they say, ‘The Crowd Went Wild’!!

Congratulations on this magnificent achievement 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??

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Hank Aaron

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Hank Aaron

I had such a good time building the ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’ set that as soon as it was completed, I jumped right into the ‘Prime 9 – Players Of The Week’ set.

The set was issued in the same manner – through exclusive redemption cards that could only be processed through hobby shops.

The set is ten cards deep, and features a great graphic display as well as a super-glossy finish.

This is the Hank Aaron card from the set:

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The back of the card features ‘9 Prime’ facts about Hank Aaron.

A few of my favorites are:

  • Played shortstop in the Negro Leagues
  • Joined Braves after being unsigned after Dodgers tryout
  • First member of the ‘3000/500 Club’
  • MLB’s leaders in career RBI and Total Bases
  • Only player in MLB history with (15) 30-Home Run seasons
  • Awarded ‘Presidential Medal Of Freedom’ in 2002

Another 2013 Collecting Goal Complete! Come Check Out My 2000 Topps Hank Aaron Commemorative Set!

Another 2013 Collecting Goal Complete!  Come Check Out My 2000 Topps Hank Aaron Commemorative Set!

I am so excited to be able to announce that after collecting this set for almost one full year that I have finally completed the Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative set.

This 23-card set features a re-print of each of Hank’s Topps base cards issued from his rookie season of 1954 to his final season in the majors of 1976.

The set features some truly classic Topps card designs, and I also like watching the Braves logo transform through three decades as you scroll from the top of the set to the bottom.

Enjoy.

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I consider Hank Aaron to be the greatest hitter of all-time, and putting together a set of cards like this truly makes me proud.

I do wish that Topps never stopped producing these commemorative sets as there are some fantastic talents that are worthy of being showcased in this manner, but I am so happy that they chose wisely and make sure to honor Mr. Aaron in this way before they ceased the production of these sets.

Cheers to Henry Aaron!!!

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #8 – 1961 Topps Design

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #8 – 1961 Topps Design

I continue to work to add more cards from this set to my collection set since officially declaring that I wanted to build the full set as one of my 2013 collecting goals.

This is the 8th card in the set, a re-print of Aaron’s 1961 Topps baseball card:

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Hank Aaron was spectacular in 1961.  His numbers are MVP-worthy, yet he finished in 8th place for the honor.

The numbers:  .327 batting average, .381 on-base percentage, 197 hits, 39 doubles, 10 triples, 34 home runs, 120 RBI, 115 runs scored, and 358 total bases.  He was an All-Star for the National League squad, and when reviewing his numbers and comparing them to the MVP of the league in 1961, Frank Robinson, they are on par or better in every major offensive category.

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #10 – 1963 Topps Design

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #10 – 1963 Topps Design

I continue to work to add more cards from this set to my collection set since officially declaring that I wanted to build the full set as one of my 2013 collecting goals.

This is the 10th card in the set, a re-print of Aaron’s 1963 Topps baseball card:

 

 

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Henry Aaron was a beast during the 1963 baseball season – his 10th in the league.

By the time that the 162-game schedule was complete, Aaron was the National League’s leader in seven major offensive statistical categories.

The are:

  • Runs – 121
  • Home Runs – 44
  • RBI – 130
  • Slugging – .576
  • OPS – .977
  • OPS+ – 179
  • Total Bases – 370

His performance led to a 3rd place finish for the NL MVP Award.  He finished behind Sandy Koufax and Dick Groat.