30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Dream Fulfilled

Babe Ruth was the all-time home run king the year I was born.  Damn.  Just seeing those words being typed out makes me feel old.  Anyways Hank Aaron came along two years later and ended Ruth's reign.  My entire childhood, I held Hammerin' Hank in high regard.  He was a baseball legend.  Not just a hall of famer.  A legend.  One of the greatest to play the game.

I remember hearing stories about how he had faced racism during his entire career...  but especially when he started encroaching on Ruth's hallowed home run record.

Racial slurs.  Hate mail.  Death threats.  He overcame all of these things which only added to my admiration and his legacy.

It's always been a dream of mine to own a certified, packed pull autograph of Mr. Aaron.  Thankfully, Topps has had him sign a lot of cards the past five years or so, which has made them much more affordable.

Last month, I stumbled across this card on eBay:

2015 Topps Museum Collection Premium Prints #PP-HA (#'d 25/25)

Cutbacks have kept me for clicking on cards like this one.  However my eyes were drawn to the bold silver signature on the black background.  And I really liked the black and white image of Hank swinging away.

I started weighing the pro's and con's of such a big purchase and decided to put it in the seller's hands.  I shot the seller a $125 (free shipping) offer that I felt was both fair and something I could live with financially.

If he accepted, Merry Christmas to me.  If not, it wasn't meant to be.


Well... Merry Christmas to me.  Dream fulfilled.

Stay tuned, because Hank wasn't alone.  There was another.

Happy Tuesday and sayonara!

26 comments:

  1. Stunning card - on the hunt for a Hank as well.

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  2. Nice!! I picked up a signed Aaron this summer and it's by far my favorite card.

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  3. Now that's what I call a Christmas present to self! Congrats on the big-time purchase.

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  4. Wow, congrats! Definitely a dream card!

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  5. Congrats on the pickup! I'd love to snag an Aaron auto one of these days.

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  6. Congrats!! That’s a bucket list kind of card.

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  7. Very cool! The silver-on-black really makes the signature pop.

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  8. I really like the black slate background with silver ink, they go together so well.

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  9. Thanks guys! It feels good to cross this one off the list.

    Laurens - Best of luck. If you don't need a MLB logo, there's a Kellogg's autograph of him that sells for under $40.

    Matt Prigge - Congratulations! By the way... just noticed you have a blog. Just followed and look forward to reading future posts.

    defgav - Good news is there are plenty of options out there. Best of luck!

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  10. Congrats Fuji, that is a beautiful piece of cardboard!

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  11. The silver looks amazing. And it’s 25/25 so an eBay 1/1 AMAZING!

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  12. Congrats! That card looks amazing!

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  13. Wow, that is one crisp looking card. I'm surprised how clean Hank's signature is at his age.

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  14. That is sweet. 2015 Museum is one of the best high end designs ever. And that black & silver Aaron is really elegant.

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  15. Great card! Hey and that would be an Ebay 1 of 1 right lol Congrats on the Xmas present to yourself! Great pick-up now you need another dream!

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  16. Great looking card. You did well. And Aaron is definitely a legend. No arguing that. Nice find and congratulations.

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  17. AWESOME! That's fantastic and you totally deserve this card. And... the other!

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  18. TLC & Dion's IP Autos only - Almost forgot. Need to add it to my eBay 1 of 1 PC as well.

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  19. My best pull of all time was a Hank Aaron. 1994 Archives Gold Signature.

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  20. amazing addition Fuji! I agree - the B&W card and silver sig are an attractive combo!

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  21. Adam K - That's quite a pull. I didn't even realize that Topps had pack inserted autographs in 1994 Archives. Very cool.

    Julie - thanks!

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