Hank Aaron is Topps’ third Prime 9 redemption

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If you have card No. 3, then you have the guy who was once known for 755.

You know, 755 career home runs.

Topps has announced its third HTA Prime 9 card, and it’s Hank Aaron who is the third player to be part of its hobby shop redemption card program.

All collectors who found a Week 3 redemption card in their 2012 Topps packs (two per hobby or HTA Jumbo box) can exchange their cards for the Aaron Chrome Refractor card seen here at a participating hobby shop.

Topps will announce the remaining nine Home Run Legends each Friday.

Week 3 — Hank Aaron
Week 2 — Babe Ruth
Week 1 — Willie Mays

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Michael Poyma
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Kind of interesting, because my LCS owner has given me week 1 and 2 cards…number 1 is Hank Aaron, then Babe Ruth is number 2. Wonder if anyone else has run into this?

  2. Bob
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Next should be Mickey Mantle

  3. chrisolds
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Michael: Yes, I heard something similar from local shop here. Not sure what’s up but this is as was announced by Topps.

  4. Don Whalen
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Does anyone here know where the hobby shops in North Carolina are located?

  5. Don Whalen
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Has anyone noticed that on the back of the player cards..the stats where it should read doubles actually read triples??

  6. steve-o
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    hey Don……you can either use the print guide(s) which lately have been putting HOBBY SHOP locations in the magazines. Or……..the marketplace link on here will take you to the pages where, with a little bit of playing around, you can locate shops all over the country !!!

  7. Alex Miller
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Don, not sure where in NC you are, but close to the Charlotte area there’s Trademark Sports Cards in Harrisburg, or AAA Collectibles in Matthews. Hope that helps!

  8. Don Whalen
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    k…thanks steve-o

  9. Don Whalen
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    I’m in Roanoke Rapids

  10. Matt
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    Also, I noticed that on the background of the cards Mike Schmidt’s name is listed, but he IS NOT one of the prime 9 players. Everyone else whose name appears gets a card…weird.

  11. Ryan
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    Does anyone know where any hobby shops are at in Indiana?

  12. Dellinger
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Don, Cardiacs Sports and Memorabilia in Cary, NC will be closer to you.

  13. Don Whalen
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    thanks dellinger

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