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Friday, March 8, 2019
My Greatest TTM Success - Hank Aaron
When I was opening the envelopes, Chris read off "Atlanta Metro" and I looked at the stamp. I said "This is a flag stamp from last year. So, this one has been out a while." I cut the envelope open and say the edge of the back of a 73 Topps. I told Chris "Well, I bet it isn't Hank Aaron..." The cards slid out of the envelope and I saw that it was Hank... and they were SIGNED! I yelled out "Holy S*it" like 4 or 5 times, enough that my wife yelled across the house "What's wrong?" and Chris was just as stunned as I was... I'm still shaking; my instagram, texts and snapchat are all still blowing up, an hour later!
I have gotten some cool TTM successes over the last 9 years, but this one has to be the biggest. There are many that I hold dear and have great stories, but this one was amazing. Also, I paid no fee!
I wrote all of the stuff above, then went and ate dinner. It didn't take very long at all for someone to comment on my Instagram post that the autos were fake. I don't think they are. Yeah, his auto on a ball has gotten pretty shaky, but you can lay a card down on a table and sign it, when it is much harder to sign a ball. So, that theory goes out the window.
It was one person on Instagram, really. For some reason, some people enjoy raining on other people's parades on social media, which I have never understood. I sent the kid a photo of my 73 Topps beside a PSA authenticated signed 54 Topps, and they match. Of course, he didn't respond. That's ok, I don't need his validation.
That being said... I'm so excited these came back! I have profiled Aaron before when I got him on a baseball from Conrad, but I will do it again, because, well, it's Hank Aaron.
Aaron (b. 1934) played in the majors from 1954 to 1976 for the Braves (Milwaukee and Atlanta) and the Brewers. When he retired, he was (and many believe he still is) the Home Run King. He has 3,771 hits, 755 home runs and a .305 batting average. He led the league in homers 4 times. As the Home Run King, it is very interesting that he never hit more than 47 home runs. He was also the NL Batting Champ twice (.328 in 1956 and .355 in 1959). He had 200 or more hits three times (1956, 1959 and 1963). He was an All Star for 21 straight seasons from 1955 to 1975. He only won the World Series once (1957 with the Braves) and was the NL MVP only once (1957). He never struck out more than 97 times in a season, which was probably considered a lot back then, but players are getting close to double that now. In 1982, Aaron was enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame when he was named on 97.8% of the ballot. I guess those 2.2% of writers really wanted him to have another ring or MVP award. Sheesh.
I mailed to Aaron via the home address listed on SCN on February 5, 2018, and got the cards back today (3/8/19) for a 396-day TAT.