Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
As advanced player collectors are keenly aware, regional issues are the toughest items to track down, particularly in high grade. This is especially true of Hall of Famer rookie cards, as hobbyists are always on the lookout to obtain or upgrade the earliest cards of their hardball heroes. And during baseball's Golden Age, there were not many players more accomplished than Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron. A first-ballot inductee to Cooperstown in 1982, Aaron is still regarded as the sport's all-time home run king by many purists, and led the city of Milwaukee to its only World Series title, a classic seven-game triumph for the Braves over the New York Yankees in 1957.
Three years earlier, Wisconsin-based dry cleaner Spic and Span issued a set of 18 postcards featuring Milwaukee's hometown team. Featuring a star-studded checklist including Warren Spahn and Eddie Mathews, the set also included a card of 20-year-old rookie phenom Hank Aaron. A mere 67 examples of Hank's postcard have made their way to Professional Sports Authenticator for evaluation, with just two PSA Mint 9s standing as the highest graded examples. One of these sold for $5,040 at a Greg Bussineau auction back in 2010, and neither of the two PSA 9 copies have sold again in seven years. In that same time period, PSA 9 prices for Hank's 1954 Topps rookie card have risen from $22,100 in 2010 and $36,000 in 2013 to as high as $312,000 and $358,500 last year. Aaron collectors have been eagerly awaiting the chance to harpoon one of these white whales for quite some time, and the offered postcard does not disappoint. Featuring an action photo of Aaron's majestic follow through swing, this card exhibits four razor-sharp corners, pristine edges, and a sharply focused image. It is every bit deserving of its mint grade, and—in our humble opinion—approaches gem mint status.
The Hank Aaron PSA Master Set Registry contains 398 items from the all-time great's cardboard career, and just three from his rookie year. Second in stature only to his legendary 1954 Topps pasteboard, the offered Spic and Span rookie postcard will be one of the crown jewels of your Hammerin' Hank collection. You will not find an Aaron card any crisper and cleaner than this vintage dry cleaning issue.
1954-56 Spic and Span Braves Hank Aaron RC Rookie Card PSA 9 Mint Pop 2 Highest Graded
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