Baseball Legend Hank Aaron Gone at 86

Remembering Hammering Hank
  • January 22, 2021

Darcy Miller

In more sad news from the baseball world, we lost a true giant of the game; Hank Aaron has died at the age of 86.  We will share a favorite collectable story of Hammerin' Hank.

The legendary baseball Hall of Famer, Hank Aaron, has died at the age of 86. We cannot even begin to write about all of the accomplishments Aaron has made both on and off the field, but we will try to honor Hank with our favorite collecting story of his.

This blog is sponsored by JUST COLLECT where we specialize in buying vintage cards, autographs, and collections. If you have any cards or autographs from the GREAT Hank Aaron, we'd always be interested.  THESE cards are on our BUY LIST.


  • 1957 World Series championship
  • NFL MPV award in 1957
  • 25-time All-Star
  • 3 Gold Gloves (1958-1960)
  • 2-time Batting Champion (1956 and 1959)
  • Retired as the all-time home run leader with 755 career home runs


Inducted in 1982, Morgan earned election to the HOF on his first try with 97.83% of the votes


On my recent trip to the Hall of Fame, I learned that after Aaron hit home run number 715 to pass Babe Ruth on April 8th, 1974, the two fans that greeted Hank on his historic trip around the bases still exchanged Christmas Cards with him each year afterwards. Naturally Cliff Courtenay and Britt Gaston were both fined and spent a few hours in jail; do NOT do what they did.  Hank forgave the fans and became cordial.  Imagine - getting a Christmas card every year from Hank Aaron.




Usually when we receive inquiries about buying or appraising collections, it is from a person that inherited vintage cards from perhaps their parents or grandparents. A call came through one day from a gentleman that that needed an appraisal on a complete 1954 Topps set from their son!  The ol' switcharoo.  With loved the fact that a son bought his dad a set!  Hank Aaron's rookie card is in that very 1954 Topps set. A son and father sharing cards never gets old, and dig that Hank's rookie was involved. Read that full story here.

Our sister company, Vintage Breaks, has a prize up right now on their site of a 1955 Bowman set right here.  Click Prize Detail on the Bonus page and you'll see how you could win the whole set of cards with a second-year Hank Aaron, too.

If you want to share a Hank Aaron story of your own, please do so; we'd love to hear or read about it.

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