Lot # 66: Group of (12) Assorted Official MLB Single Signed Hank Aaron Baseballs including 6 Black with Gold Signature & 6 White with Blue Pen Signatures all with individual PSA/DNA COA's

Category: Signed Balls

Starting Bid: $750.00

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Item was in Auction "Spring 2021 Rarities Auction",
which ran from 2/27/2021 10:00 AM to
3/20/2021 7:00 PM

(LOT 66)
Group of (12) Assorted Official MLB Single Signed Hank Aaron Baseballs including 6 Black with Gold Signature & 6 White with Blue Pen Signatures all with individual PSA/DNA COA's

"The Hammer" and "Hammerin' Hank" were just a few nicknames this beloved Baseball Hall Of Famer and Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewer Legend was referred to. A gentle giant, a baseball player filled with smiles and a true competitor who made the game so much fun to watch. His career highlight list is longer than the waiting list at Mastro's Steak House on New Years Eve. His highlights include a 25X All-Star, World Series Champion, 3X Gold Glove Winner, 4X NL RBI Leader, 4X NL Home Run Leader (755), 2X NL Batting Champ and the list goes on. They retired his uniform number (44). He holds MLB records including the Career RBI Leader, Career Total Bases, Career Extra-Base Hits, Career All-Star Appearances and more. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1982. A Mobile, Alabama native who grew up with 7 siblings, only one of them also playing in the Major Leagues. (Tommie Aaron). While he was born in a section of Mobile referred to as "Down the Bay", he spent most of his youth in Toulminville.

Aaron grew up in a poor family. His family could not afford baseball equipment, so he practiced by hitting bottle caps with sticks. He would create his own bats and balls out of materials he found on the streets. His boyhood idol was baseball star Jackie Robinson. Aaron attended Central High School as a freshman and a sophomore. Like most high schools, they did not have organized baseball, so he played outfield and third base for the Mobile Black Bears, a semipro team. Aaron was a member of the Boy Scouts of America. Aaron established himself as a power hitter. As a result, in 1949, at the age of 15, Aaron had his first tryout with an MLB franchise, the Brooklyn Dodgers; however, he did not make the team. After this, Aaron returned to school to finish his secondary education, attending the Josephine Allen Institute, a private high school in Alabama.

He also attended Central High School in Mobile, AL. During his junior year, Aaron first joined the Prichard Athletics, an independent Negro league team, followed by the Mobile Black Bears, another independent Negro league team. While on the Bears, Aaron earned $3 per game ($100 today), which was a dollar more than he got while on the Athletics. On November 20, 1951, baseball scout Ed Scott signed Aaron to a contract on behalf of the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League, where he played for three months. He started play as a 6 ft, 180 lb shortstop, and earned $200 per month. As a result of his standout play with the Indianapolis Clowns, Aaron received two offers from MLB teams via telegram, one from the New York Giants and the other from the Boston Braves. Years later, Aaron remembered: "I had the Giants' contract in my hand. But the Braves offered fifty dollars a month more. That's the only thing that kept Willie Mays and me from being teammates – fifty dollars. While with the Clowns he experienced racism.

Of a time his team was in Washington, D.C. Aaron recalled, "We had breakfast while we were waiting for the rain to stop, and I can still envision sitting with the Clowns in a restaurant behind Griffith Stadium and hearing them break all the plates in the kitchen after we finished eating. What a horrible sound. Even as a kid, the irony of it hit me: here we were in the capital in the land of freedom and equality, and they had to destroy the plates that had touched the forks that had been in the mouths of black men. If dogs had eaten off those plates, they'd have washed them.". This is what Hammerin' Hank Aaron had to deal with but he overcame the pressure and heavily concentrated on his will to be the best player in the Major Leagues. Offered here are (6) Rawlings Official Major League (OML) Limited Edition Black Baseballs and (6) Rawlings Official Major League Baseballs . All 12 baseballs have been single signed by the "Hammer" and authenticated by PSA/DNA. All signatures are on the sweet spot and large in size. A great lot of this Legend who we dearly miss. RIP "HAMMERIN HANK".

MIN BID $750

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