Hank Aaron rookie season jersey headlines upcoming Heritage Auction sale

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Update: The jersey sold for more than $167,000 at auction.

By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor

A jersey worn by former home run champion Hank Aaron during his rookie season in 1954 will be up for grabs in a Heritage Auctions sale next month and is expected to fetch six figures.

The autographed Milwaukee Braves flannel is the headliner in the Dallas-based company‘s April 21-22 Signature Sports Auction and the company projects at least a $200,000 sale for the consignor. The jersey previously had a No. 5 stitched into hit — which Aaron wore during his rookie year — before his familiar No. 44 replaced it. That means this jersey is likely to have been worn over two seasons.

“Short of Babe Ruth there are few baseball players more important or beloved than ‘Hammerin’ Hank Aaron,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Heritage Sports Collectibles, “and this is the gamer that was likely on those shoulders on April 23, 1954 when he hit the first of his [755] home runs.”

Other notable items scheduled to hit the auction block include:

— A 1947 game-used vault marked bat from Ted Williams estimated to hit $75,000.

— A swim cap worn by Michael Phelps in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as he won his eighth Olympic Gold estimated to top $20,000

— An Oakland Raiders jersey worn by Hall of Famer Jim Otto during his rookie season, which is also estimated at $20,000.

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

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3 comments

  1. JonathanI 29 March, 2011 at 11:57

    I think $200,000 would be a steal for that rookie jersey, not that I have that money or could even steal it.

  2. Greg 29 March, 2011 at 12:13

    I’m thinking Mr. Ivy should do more fact checking. If he does so, he’ll certainly realize that Hank hit more than just 715 home runs.

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