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    1969 Hank Aaron Game Worn Atlanta Braves Jersey Photo Matched to NLCS Home Run Game, MEARS A7. We'd put numerology on the shelf with the rest of the pseudosciences--astrology, graphology, phrenology--but the unusual recurrence of the double-fours in Hank Aaron's stat lines tempts belief from even the most hardened cynic. Four times (there it is again!) the former, and many would claim "legitimate," Home Run King matched his jersey number in annual homers, including the historic 1969 centennial season from which this pinstriped beauty derives.

    Though fellow Hall of Famer and 500 Home Run Club member Willie McCovey would outpace Aaron by one to lead all National Leaguers in the statistic, the Braves outfielder's 332 total bases in 1969 marked his final appearance atop that category. He remains to this day the career leader. It's arguably the most significant offensive statistic in the sport.

    With one hundred runs scored to accompany his ninety-seven driven in, Aaron was the team's leading offensive power yet again this year, lifting the Braves to the first ever National League Championship Series. They'd fall in a sweep to the Miracle Mets, but the season was still a resounding success after eight years of rising no further than the middle of the Senior Circuit pack.

    Presented is a rare home white pinstriped jersey worn to distinction by a man who Mickey Mantle called "the best ballplayer of my era." This pinstriped format, utilized just four seasons for home games in Atlanta, allows the experts to definitively match this garment to photography of Aaron during that historic summer of Woodstock, the Manson murders and the Moon landing, those images appearing within the MEARS paperwork.

    "Braves" spans the chest in navy tackle twill script, with the iconic number "44," retired by both the Braves and the Brewers in Aaron's honor, appearing on verso. Interior collar holds embroidered swatch reading, "H Aaron 1969 - Set 3," and lower left front tail reveals "Wilson [size] 40" label. Left sleeve holds screaming Indian head patch. Moderate, consistent game wear is evident throughout.

    The experts at Resolution Photomatching have matched the garment to a photograph snapped at a National League Championship Series contest in Atlanta against the Miracle Mets, and while the precise contest isn't identified, Aaron went yard in each of the two home games of that series, victimizing Tom Seaver in Game One and Jerry Koosman in Game Two. Thus it can be stated that this garment is the only Aaron jersey definitively linked to a postseason home run.

    The absence of the original Major League Centennial sleeve patch accounts for one lost point in the MEARS grading, with the other two the result of a stain at the lowermost portion of the center button path, likely the result of dye bleed from Aaron's undergarments. MEARS has suggested that a reduction in the stain, if possible, could have a positive effect upon the grade if resubmitted. It's unquestionably a garment that presents far better than its technical grade. The last 1969 Aaron sold by Heritage commanded $83,650 in July 2015. LOA from MEARS, A7. LOA from Resolution Photomatching. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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