There are 268 former players in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Hank Aaron is the first one, alphabetically. Also, he leads all Hall of Famers in career home runs, runs batted in (RBI), and total bases. As one of baseball’s all-time greats, Aaron’s cards deserve a place of honor in any vintage card collection.
Hank Aaron was born on February 5, 1934 and passed away on January 22, 2021. During his 86 years, he became an American icon. From his rookie year in 1954, Aaron quickly established himself as one of the greatest players in the game’s history.
Aaron won the 1957 NL MVP, was a 25-time All-Star, two-time batting champion, three-time gold glove winner and finished his career with 3,771 hits. He led the league in home runs four times, but was in the top 10 an amazing 18 times, on his way to 755 career home runs.
On the way to that last number, Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record for career home runs when he launched his 715th career home run on April 8, 1974. While that mark has since been passed by Barry Bonds, it remains one of the biggest highlights in baseball history.
Hank Aaron was one of the greatest and most consistent superstars in baseball history. In addition to his amazing play on the field, Aaron was considered one of the great gentlemen of the game.
Aaron was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1982, with 97.8% of the vote, one of the highest percentages ever. Major League Baseball began awarding the Hank Aaron Award to the best hitter in each league in 1999.
Last year ESPN.com listed Hank Aaron #3 on it’s list of the Top 100 MLB Players.
Hank Aaron’s Rookie Card is 1954 Topps #128. PSA has graded 6,226 copies of the card, making it the most graded card in the 1954 Topps set. Despite this relatively high population, this Hank Aaron baseball card is in high demand and is a strong seller. The card is particularly difficult to find in top condition, with only two PSA 10’s in existence, 25 PSA 9’s, and 193 PSA 8’s in existence.
A PSA 6 copy (pop 695) sold recently for $8,300. Recent PSA 5 (pop 934) sales have ranged from $4,150 to $6,750. PSA 3’s sell in the range of $2,800 to $4,650, with most going for around $3,000. Even a PSA 1 is a strong seller in the $1,400-$1,700 range.
Aaron’s 1954 Topps rookie card has long been considered one of the most classic, beautiful, and desirable vintage rookie cards of its era.
According to the Trading Card Database, Hank Aaron has appeared on 5,908 cards over the years, many produced after his playing career.
Aaron appears on cards during his career from 1954 through 1976, followed by a large number of cards produced after his playing days. In 2021 alone, he appeared on 441 cards. With the ultra-modern offerings, you get all the trappings you’d expect with the era, with serial numbers, print plates, 1/1 and the like. Aaron also appeared on a number of certified autographs.
Due to his near-immediate stardom during his career, and the many years that he’s been considered an all-time great, Aaron appears on seemingly countless oddball, regional, small box, and promotional cards during his career.
These range from a 1954 Johnston Cookies offering from his rookie year to the various “restaurant discs” he appeared on in 1976, his final season, to the Sportflics-like 1991 Kellogg’s Corn Flake.
With almost 6,000 Hank Aaron cards to choose from, how do you possibly narrow it down to a top 10? It’s not easy, but let’s give it a try. The good news, with so many amazing options, and Aaron being such a legend, we can’t lose!
|Card||PSA Pop||PSA Comp Pop||Recent Comp Sale|
|1954 Topps Hank Aaron Rookie Card #128||6,226||PSA 6 = 695||PSA 6 = $8,300|
|1954 Johnston Cookies Milwaukee Braves #5||299||PSA 5 = 49||PSA 5 = $3,000|
|1955 Bowman #179||2,590||PSA 6 = 404||PSA 6 = $1,000|
|1955 Topps #47||5,880||PSA 7 = 539||PSA 7 = $2000-3,000|
|1956 Topps #31 Gray Back||2,019||PSA 6 = 346||PSA 6 = $600-800|
|1956 Topps #31 White Back||5,799||PSA 7 = 844||PSA 7 = $1,500-1,700|
|1958 Topps WS Batting Foes #418||5,236||PSA 7 = 473||PSA 7 = $425-600|
|1973 Topps All-Time HR Leaders #1||1,924||PSA 7 = 380||PSA 7 = $250|
|1974 Topps New All-Time Home Run King #1||3,383||PSA 7 = 777||PSA 7 = $125-190|
|2019 Stadium Club Co-Signers SN /5 #CSA-HM||0||NA||NA|
We already mentioned Aaron’s 1954 Topps #128 rookie card and the 1954 Johnston Cookies oddball.
The 1955 Bowman #179 and 1955 Topps #47 make the list not just because they are valuable 2nd-year cards of Aaron, but also because they’re two of the most beautiful vintage cards you’ll see. Most vintage collectors would have these two cards on their short list of the best-looking cards ever produced.
1956 Topps #31 makes our list for several reasons. It’s a valuable 3rd-year card, sure, but 1956 Topps might also be the most beautiful baseball card set ever produced. Add in the fact that the Aaron card is available in both white back and the rarer gray back variations, and you have a winner.
Any card featuring Aaron is a winner in my book, but if you want to take it up a notch, why not pair him with another inner-circle Hall of Famer? 1958 Topps #418 is titled “World Series Batting Foes” and features Hank Aaron and Mickey Mantle. Classic.
A decade and a half later, 1973 Topps gave us card #1 in their flagship set, titled “Alltime Home Run Leaders”. It features Hank Aaron along with Babe Ruth and Willie Mays. This card can be tough to find in high grade and is a strong seller.
The 1974 Hank Aaron baseball card Topps #1 commemorates Aaron passing Ruth’s record, announcing him as the “New All-Time Home Run King”.
Stepping out of the vintage, we’ll close off the list with the 2019 Stadium Club Co-Signers #CSA-HM. Its serial-numbered to only five copies, and pairs Aaron with modern megastar and future Hall of Famer Mike Trout. That’s another great pairing!
Hank Aaron was one of the greatest players in the history of the great game of baseball. With almost 6,000 cards to choose from, there’s an Aaron card for any taste and budget. You can’t go wrong with any of the cards in our top 10. If you have a favorite Aaron card, let us know at card_lines on Twitter.