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1972 Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves Signed Game-Used Home Jersey

Starting Bid - $5,000.00 , Sold For - $29,375.00

Presented is an extraordinary Atlanta Braves home jersey worn by Hall of Fame outfielder Hank Aaron in 1972. Graded A9 by MEARS. Hank Aaron, of course, will always be recognized as one of the great legends of the game and to many he will also always be remembered as the true all-time home-run king. Hank Aaron jerseys, especially of this quality, are very rare. This is one of just three Hank Aaron jerseys graded at this level, with only three graded higher. The white knit jersey is lettered "Braves" across the front and features the number "44" on the left breast and reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in tricolor tackle twill (blue/white/red). A "Sand-Knit 40" label appears in the collar, as does a Sand-Knit exclusivity label that reads "Designed & Tailored Exclusively for the Atlanta Braves National League by Sand-Knit." The player identification tag in the collar is missing, which is not uncommon for this type of collar tag since a primary jersey, which has seen use day-in and day-out, would have been washed repeatedly, but the stitch outline of the tag is clearly visible. Aaron has signed the jersey in black marker (grading "9") on the left front tail. Aside from the one missing collar tag, the jersey is complete with all other tags, all original, and with no alterations. Heavy wear is displayed throughout, including soiling on both the front and reverse. 1972 was a historic season for Hank Aaron. He began the year with 639 home runs, just seven shy of Willie Mays' second-place tally on the all-time list; Ruth held the number-one spot. Although both players were still active, Mays' career was at its end and he managed only eight home runs that season. Aaron passed Mays on June 10th, when he hit his tenth home run of the year, and 649th of his career. On August 6th Aaron hit his 660th and 661st home runs, thus setting the record for most home runs by a player with the same franchise. He went on to finish the year with thirty-four home runs, for a career total of 673, which was well ahead of Mays' season-ending total of 654. Aaron's total at the time was also the National League record for career home runs. Mays eventually finished his career with 660 home runs while Aaron, of course, continued on to become baseball's then all-time home-run king just two years later. This is one of the finest Aaron jerseys in existence dating from an extremely important season. It is the only 1972 Hank Aaron jersey we know of, and the only 1972 Hank Aaron jersey recorded in the MEARS population report. Graded A9 by MEARS (base grade of 10, with 1 point subtracted for the removal of the identification tag in the collar). This jersey has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticators David Bushing and/or Troy Kinunen. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $29,375.00

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