SCP Auctions November 2010 Internet Auction
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Sheer ability, consistency and resilience were the earmarks of Hank Aaron's prolific career. For 20 consecutive seasons he totaled more than 20 home runs; 15 times topping the 30 homer mark, and eight times he walloped 40 or more home runs. As Aaron biographer Lonnie Wheeler wrote, "(Hank) Aaron's excellence was not expelled in blinding bursts of energy, but rather played out, patiently and inexorably, over a whole generation." Dating from the tail end of Aaron's road to immortality, the period that saw him reach and surpass Babe Ruth to become baseball's All-Time Home Run King, is this game used Atlanta Braves batting helmet. Manufactured by ABC, the size 7 ¼ helmet features the Atlanta logo painted on the front and Aaron's applied number "44" on the back. Interior and exterior wear are evident, and Aaron has signed the brim in blue felt tip. The helmet's characteristics match up well with several images we've found of Aaron from the period. Only through the passing of three decades has most of America come to gradually understand and appreciate the heroism and character of Hank Aaron, a class player who refused to preen at home plate or strut shamelessly around the bases, even as he reached the pinnacle of our National pastime. The helmet is accompanied by a LOA from PSA/DNA as well as a letter of opinion from Lou Lampson.