Forty years ago tonight … Hank Aaron became MLB’s home run king

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Forty years ago tonight, Hank Aaron passed Babe Ruth to become MLB’s home run king with his 715th career home run.  Card No. 1 in the 1974 Topps set ($50) predicted and commemorated this milestone.

Topps announced Tuesday that the first Mystery Redemption in 2014 Topps Tribute is an autographed card commemorating this anniversary. (The second redemption is for White Sox rookie Jose Abreu.)

While he’s no longer the king, we’d like to hear your thoughts on the anniversary and Aaron’s place in the game below.

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Jason K
    Posted April 8, 2014 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    I never even thought about the fact that this card would have come out before the event actually happened. Hank is STILL the all time HR king as far as I’m concerned.

  2. Randall
    Posted April 8, 2014 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    The one autograph I have of Mr. Aaron is on this card. He is the real HR king.

  3. Posted April 8, 2014 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    I have Reggie Jackson’s “Mickey Mouse” and “Donald Duck” autographs. Will you have a survey on those, Chris?

  4. chrisolds
    Posted April 8, 2014 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    David: Probably not.

  5. Tom
    Posted May 27, 2015 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Hank Aaron still is the home run “king”.

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