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Extraordinary 1954 Milwaukee Braves Team-Signed Baseball - Hank Aaron Rookie! - with Mailing Box Postmarked "Jun 1, '54"
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $5,287.50
Offered here is what is probably the finest 1954 Milwaukee Braves team-signed ball in existence, both with regard to condition and provenance. Dating from Hank Aaron’s rookie season, this ball was sent to a fan in Chicago by the Braves front office and, remarkably, it remains housed in its original mailing box bearing the return address of “Milwaukee County Stadium.” The Spalding “Official League” ball is signed in blue ink by the following twenty-five members of the club: “Henry Aaron” (“9/10”), Spahn, Mathews, Grimm (Mgr., sweet spot), Buhl, Pafko, Smalley, White, Nichols, Metkovitch, Johnson, Crone, Paine, Jolly, Adcock (different shade of ink from the other signatures), Walters (coach), O’Connell, Calderone, Dittmer, Bruton, Crandall, Wilson, Logan, Gorin, and Keely (coach). Printed on the ball label in blue ink is the inscription “To Ken Slow – A Real Braves Fan.” 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 we have never seen a finer or more interesting example. The ball has been kept in the mailing box, protected from all elements including light since 1954. The signatures range in grade from “8” to “10,” averaging “9,” and the ball remains in spectacular Near Mint condition. The original mailing box, addressed to “Kenny Slow,” bears the team’s stamped return address and is postmarked “Jun 1 ’54.” Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $5,287.50
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