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    Hail to the future King!

    1954 Topps Hank Aaron Rookie #128 PSA NM-MT 8. The 1954 Topps issue was only 250 cards because Topps and Bowman were still in a card war, and each had signed numerous players to exclusive contracts. Topps spared no expense in the war, and for the first time Topps issued cards with two front images: a large colorized portrait and a small B&W action shot.

    It is from this now-classic issue that the hobby has the rookie card of Hank Aaron, a player considered by many baseball's true all-time home run leader because he hit his round-trippers before the "Steroid Era." Hall of Famer Aaron was not a particularly large man, listed perhaps as a generous 6'0" and was very thin when he began his minor league career. So, where did he get all of his power?

    Aaron himself said that he thinks it's because of strong wrists developed from years of batting cross-handed. A habit he started in his youth, Aaron used a cross-handed grip during his time with the Negro American League Indianapolis Clowns. When he began playing in the then Boston Braves farm system, the instructors helped him change to a more conventional grip, and his power started to surge.

    Aaron was an outstanding overall player who was a 3-time NL MVP, and a 21-time All-Star. He became baseball's all-time homer king on April 8, 1974 when he hit Al Downing's pitch over the left-center field fence in Atlanta. Aaron played 23 MLB seasons - 21 with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and a final two with the Milwaukee Brewers. He's was a NL MVP, a 2-time batting champ, on the '57 Milwaukee Braves World Series winners, and led the NL in homers four times.

    Graded PSA NM-MT 8. Centering is close to precise.


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