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Hank Aaron Signed Baseball Dating from his Final Game Day and Program from Aaron's First Game in Milwaukee

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,185

This pairing of a program and ball commemorates Hank Aaron's first and last days as a major league player. 1) 1954 Milwaukee Braves program issued for an exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox at County Stadium just prior to the start of the season. As noted in the club's season schedule printed on the interior, the Braves played three exhibition games against the Red Sox in April, with the games taking place on April 9, 10, and 11. This program is from one of those games. The preprinted lineups include Aaron, Mathews, and Adcock for Milwaukee, and Jensen, Kell, and Goodman for Boston. The sixteen-page program is not scored and remains in Very Good to Excellent condition. 1954 was Aaron's first season in the majors, therefore, this program records one of his first games with the club in Milwaukee. Accompanying the program is a copy of the box score from the final exhibition game against the Red Sox on April 12th. Because the lineup for the Red Sox in the box score is different from that printed in the program, we can probably assume that this program was issued for one of the first two games in the series. 2) Official American League (MacPhail) ball signed by Hank Aaron in blue ink (grading "10") across the sweet spot. A printed notation (not in Aaron's hand) on the panel directly below reads "'Sun' 9/26/76 - Took Hank To Airport." September 26, 1976, was the date of Hank Aaron's last game in the majors. Our consignor originally purchased this ball in a Leland's auction in 1991, at which time the ball was accompanied by a letter from the clubhouse employee who drove Aaron to the airport and received this ball as a "tip." Unfortunately, the original letter has been lost, and all we are left with in the way of provenance is the handwritten notation on the ball. We have every reason to believe that this ball was indeed signed by Aaron on that historic day, and, as such, it is most likely the final ball signed by him during his professional career. In Excellent to Mint condition. Total: 2 items (program and ball). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.
SOLD FOR $1,185

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