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!