October 2009 Auction
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on:
If you're in the market for a high-end "Hammer" rookie, you've come to the right place! In case the bidding on our superior SGC 96 MINT 9 specimen gets too rich for your budget, and if you don't like the centering on our other PSA 8 NM/MT specimen, then you're in luck. The presented pumpkin-colored jewel boasts stalwart NM/MT+ or better features in every scrutable facet save for a touched top right corner, which, under strong magnification, reveals a tick of enamel loss. The centering is certainly strong enough for superior consideration, as are the edges. In fact, with no advanced imperfections on either surface, I'm comfortable calling the edges MINT! While not as intensely immaculate as our other PSA 8 example, both surfaces are sufficiently clean enough for a vastly superior grade. A few hardly perceptible dust-sized flecks of print can be observed in and above the brilliant blue of Hank's cap, but the remainder of the backdrop as well as the portrait image are essentially perfect. The image registration appears to border on perfection as well, but this is not the highlight of the card. The main feature of this '54 Topps Aaron is, without question, its overwhelmingly bold and 100% thoroughly saturated colors. Indeed, so brilliant is the orange backdrop that it approaches an entirely new shade of orange that we've frankly never seen on the issue. Perhaps this is an illusion created by the contrast of Hank's cap and supported by the brilliant red of the Braves logo, but its an effective illusion, working to separate this superior specimen from the mass of similarly graded copies on record at PSA. Like I said at the start, the presented Hank Aaron Topps rookie boasts significantly above-grade (and in some cases unimprovable) features in virtually every facet save for a touch to the extreme tip of the top right apex. A keeper in any collection!
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