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Lot # 851 (of 1512)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Extraordinary 1954 Milwaukee Braves Team-Signed Ball - Aaron's Rookie Season

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,080

Simply spectacular high-grade 1954 Milwaukee Braves team-signed ball dating from Hank Aaron's rookie season. The official National League (Giles) ball has been signed in blue ink by the following twenty-four team members: Aaron (sweet spot), Spahn, Mathews, Grimm (Mgr., sweet spot), Adcock, Buhl, Dittmer, Jolly, Burdette, Crandall (red ink), White, O'Connell, Thomson, Keely (coach), Pafko, Bruton, Calderone, Johnson, Pendleton, Metkovich, Smalley (red ink), Logan, Wilson, and Walters (coach). Signatures range from "7" to "10," averaging "8/9." The ball displays a very thin layer of protective shellac and is in exceptionally strong Near Mint condition. Hank Aaron joined the Braves in 1954 as a result of an injury to starting left fielder Bobby Thomson. The twenty-year-old rookie had no problem making the jump from A ball to the Major Leagues and after just a few games it became apparent that Aaron would be a fixture in the Braves outfield for years to come. 1954 Milwaukee Braves team-signed balls are scarce, and to find one in such fine condition, with Aaron on the sweet spot no less, is nothing short of miraculous. This is a stunning example of an extremely historic team ball. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,080

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