Saturday, January 23, 2021

RIP Hank Aaron

We all thought 2020 was bad, but 2021 looks like it could end up being worse. In just three short weeks we have lost Tommy Lasorda, Don Sutton and now Hank Aaron.

Out of all the Hall of Famers and other MLB legends that have passed over the last year or so, none have hit me harder than finding out that Hammerin' Hank Aaron passed away yesterday. 

Perhaps it's because as the former Home Run King, Aaron is legitimately the biggest name. But I suspect its because I have been a fan of Hank since I was a kid and while I never saw him play, I've ben collecting his cardboard for close to 30 years. His 1976 Topps base and '75 Record Breakers card were the first individual cards I ever bought from a card shop circa 1990.

Here is a look at what I have been able to acquire. My goal is to collect every one of his Topps cards from his playing career.

1954 Topps

1956 Topps

1958 Topps Braves Fence Busters

1958 Topps World Series Batting Foes

1959 Topps Fence Busters

1959 Topps Aaron Clubs World Series Homer

1960 Topps

1961 Topps

1961 Topps 1960 Home Run Leaders

1962 Topps All-Star

1963 Topps Power Plus

1964 Topps 1963 National League Home Run Leaders

1964 Topps 1963 National League R.B. I. Leaders

1966 Topps

1967 Topps

1967 Topps N. League 1966 RBI Leaders

1967 Topps N. League 1966 Home Run Leaders

1968 Topps All Star

1968 Topps 1967 National League RBI Leaders

1968 Topps 1967 National League Home Run Leaders

1968 Topps Game

1969 Topps 

1970 Topps All-Star

1970 Topps 1969 National League Home Run Leaders

1972 Topps

1972 Topps In Action

1972 Topps 1971 N.L. R.B.I. Leaders

1972 Topps 1971 N.L. Home Run Leaders

1973 Topps 

1974 Topps New All-Time Home Run King

1974 Topps Hank Aaron Special 1962-1965

1974 Topps All-Star

1975 Topps

1975 Topps Mini

1975 Topps '74 Highlights

1975 Topps 1957 - Most Valuable Players

1976 Topps

1976 Topps '75 Record Breakers

Aaron had a long career and was featured on plenty of Topps cards during his career between his base, all-star, combo cards, league leaders and other cards. Even with all of the cards I have, I think I am still missing 30 plus cards. 


  1. That's quite a collection, good luck on the quest. At least you have the RC, I am sure I will never get one.

    1. Yeah, even in that condition I feel really lucky to have gotten his rookie card when I did.

  2. I felt the same way about you re Aaron's passing hitting harder than the other recent ones. And the best card in my collection, thanks to you, is my '56 Aaron.

    1. Your post was so good, I would have given you '54 Aaron if I had an extra if I had it!

  3. It's never easy to read about anyone's death... but some definitely hit harder than others. Aaron was one of those guys for me as well. He was a legend. A king. Very impressive collection of vintage Aaron. Best of luck in your hunt for the remaining 30 or so cards. He's one of those guys I have a running PC of... that I don't actively chase. But in the wake of his passing, I enjoyed digging through boxes, flipping through it, and scanning some of my favorites that I'll be showing in a future post.

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