Tribute to a King: Hank Aaron Topps Baseball Cards Through the Years

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In sports, there are superstars and legends. And then there are kings, all-time greats against which all others are measured. Hank Aaron is one of baseball’s kings. His 755 home runs was the MLB benchmark for decades. Aaron’s 2,297 RBI and 6,856 total bases are records that still stand.

More than his accomplishments on the field, Aaron was a role model off of it and an ambassador for baseball in the years that followed his career.

It’s no wonder that Hank Aaron baseball cards continue to resonate today. And it’s not just those who grew up and watching him pass milestone after milestone throughout much of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. The respect for Aaron crosses generations.

Hank Aaron Topps Baseball Cards Through the Years

From his Rookie Card in 1954 through to his final cards from his playing days in 1976, Hank Aaron appeared on dozens of Topps baseball cards. In addition to his annual issues, there were plenty of opportunities for League Leader, Highlights and other subsets. 1974 Topps Baseball leads off, crowning Aaron as the game’s Home Run King, a record he didn’t break until April 8 that year — after the card had already been released. That set also has a five-card tribute, showing his full cardboard career up until that point.

The following gallery includes all of the main Hank Aaron Topps baseball cards from 1954 through 1976. You’ll also find lots of inserts and examples of virtually all of his test issues.

1954 Topps Baseball

#128 Rookie Card

1955 Topps Baseball

#47

1955 Topps Double Header

#105

1956 Topps Baseball

#31

1957 Topps Baseball

#20

1958 Topps Baseball

#30 White Letters

#30 Yellow Letters

#351 Braves’ Fence Busters (with Del Crandall, Eddie Mathews, Joe Adcock)

#418 World Series Batting Foes (with Mickey Mantle)

#488 Sport Magazine All-Star

1959 Topps Baseball

#380

#212 Fence Busters (with Eddie Mathews)

#467 Baseball Thrills

#561 Sporting News All-Star

1960 Topps Baseball

#300

#566 Sport Magazine All-Star

1960 Topps Tattoos

1961 Topps Baseball

#415

#43 NL Home Run Leaders (with Ernie Banks, Eddie Mathews, Ken Boyer)

#484 NL MVP

#577 Sporting News All-Star

1961 Topps Stamps

1962 Topps Baseball

#320

#394 Sporting News All-Star

1962 Topps Bucks

1962 Topps Stamps

1963 Topps Baseball

#390

#1 NL Batting Leaders (with Frank Robinson, Stan Musial, Tommy Davis, Bill White)

#3 NL Home Run Leaders (with Frank Robinson, Willie Mays, Ernie Banks, Orlando Cepeda)

#242 Power Plus (with Ernie Banks)

1963 Topps Peel-Offs

1964 Topps Baseball

#300

#9 NL Home Run Leaders (with Willie McCovey, Willie Mays, Orlando Cepeda)

#11 NL RBI Leaders (with Ken Boyer, Bill White)

#423 Tops in NL (with Willie Mays)

1964 Topps Giants

#49

1964 Topps Stand-Ups

1964 Topps Tattoos

1965 Topps Baseball

#170

#2 NL Batting Leaders (with Roberto Clemente, Rico Carty)

1965 Topps Embossed

#59

1965 Topps Transfers

1966 Topps Baseball

#500

#215 NL Batting Leaders (with Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays)

1966 Topps Rub Offs

1967 Topps Baseball

#250

#242 NL RBI Leaders (with Roberto Clemente, Richie Allen)

#244 NL Home Run Leaders (with Richie Allen, Willie Mays)

1967 Topps Posters

#15

1967 Topps Punch-Outs

1968 Topps Baseball

#110

#3 NL RBI Leaders (with Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente)

#5 NL Home Run Leaders (with Jim Wynn, Ron Santo, Willie McCovey)

#370 Sporting News All-Star

1968 Topps Action All-Stars Stickers

#10

1968 Topps Game

#4

1968 Topps Giant Stand-Ups

#20

1968 Topps Milton Bradley

#110

1968 Topps Plaks Checklists

#2 (with Roberto Clemente, Richie Allen, Tommy Davis, Orlando Cepeda, Don Drysdale)

1968 Topps Posters

#14

1969 Topps Baseball

#100

Topps Decals

1969 Topps Stamps

1969 Topps Super

#34

1969 Topps Team Posters

#2 Atlanta Braves

1970 Topps Baseball

#500

#65 NL Home Run Leaders (with Willie McCovey, Lee May)

#462 Sporting News All-Star

1970 Topps Candy Lid

Scratch Offs

1970 Topps Super

#24

1971 Topps Baseball

#400

1971 Topps Scratch Offs

1971 Topps Super

#44

1971 Topps Tattoos

Sheet #9 (with Dick McAuliffe, Tony Perez, Lou Pinella, Tommie Agee)

1972 Topps Baseball

#299

#300 In Action

#87 NL RBI Leaders (with Joe Torre, Willie Stargell)

#89 NL Home Run Leaders (with Willie Stargell, Lee May)

1972 Topps Candy Lids

1972 Topps Cloth Test

Topps Posters

1973 Topps Baseball

#100

#1 All Time Home Run Leaders (with Babe Ruth, Willie Mays)

#473 All-Time Total Base Leader

1973 Topps Candy Lids

1973 Topps Comics

Topps Pin-Ups

1974 Topps Baseball

1 New All-Time Home Run King

#2 Hank Aaron Special

#3 Hank Aaron Special

#4 Hank Aaron Special

#5 Hank Aaron Special

#6 Hank Aaron Special

#332 All Star First Basemen (with Dick Allen)

1974 Topps Deckle Edge

#57

1974 Topps Puzzles

1974 Topps Stamps

1975 Topps Baseball

#660

#1 ’74 Highlights

#195 1957 Most Valuable Players (with Mickey Mantle)

1975 Topps Mini

#660

#1 ’74 Highlights

#195 1957 Most Valuable Players (with Mickey Mantle)

1976 Topps Baseball

#550

#1 Record Breaker

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A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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3 comments

  1. george e montanez 24 January, 2021 at 07:29

    im a big fan of hank aaron i want to thank you for all your great times that you gave us R,I,P we will allways love you// george kike montanez from cleveland ohio we will miss you

  2. Robert L. Kale 25 January, 2021 at 14:57

    Thanks for listing every Aaron card as a reference of his best Topps released products through the years. Topps should reprint these again for younger collectors who missed out on the originally release of these beauties!!

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