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    1973 Hank Aaron Signed Atlanta Braves Contract with Life Insurance Rider. Important Uniform Player's Contract preceded one of the most tumultuous seasons endured by any Major League Player, as Hammerin' Hank's forty long balls carried him to the precipice of history, a single home run short of the Babe. The terms call for a salary of $165,000, with a typed "Special Covenant" on the third page noting that this lofty figure would require public relations appearances during the off-season as well. Aaron initials "H.L.A." at this point, and then signs "Henry L. Aaron" below, along with the team president and a National League rep.

    Included with the six-page document is a single page, signed by Aaron in the same format, regarding a life insurance policy carried by the team, quite possibly a direct response to the death threats that had already begun to flood the Braves mailroom, sent by racists uncomfortable with the thought of a black man laying claim to the Babe's throne. The Braves' president signs here as well. All signatures are 9/10 or better, and a small tear to the top of the insurance rider is the only condition issue of note within the lot. A quarter century after Jackie Robinson's brave first steps, the fight for justice in our National Pastime continues here. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication. Pre-Certified by PSA/DNA.

    Guide Value or Estimate: $10,000 - up.

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    October, 2012
    25th-27th Thursday-Saturday
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