Hank Aaron

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Owning a Hank Aaron autograph is a cornerstone to any Hall of Fame autograph collection. Until recently, finding one was relatively easy. A ready and willing signer for most of his career, Aaron became a regular on the show circuit in the 1980s, before curtailing his appearances in the mid- to late-1990s. Currently, Aaron makes only a few appearances per year. Thus, the demand for his signature has skyrocketed.

While playing with the Braves, Aaron had a very small and compact signature. He would typically sign "Hank Aaron" and, occasionally, "Henry Aaron." By 1960, he stuck with "Hank Aaron." In recent years, Aaron's signature has become much larger and less legible. In addition, Aaron rarely adds anything to his signature. In the past, he would occasionally add his home run total (755) or his uniform number (44). There are no known examples featuring the year of his Hall of Fame induction (1983), since Aaron refuses to sign that inscription.

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Henry Louis Aaron (February 5, 1934-) established himself early in his career as one of the greatest hitters in baseball. The Boston Braves signed Aaron as a free agent in 1952, prior to moving to Milwaukee, where he played right field and first base for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers. Despite never hitting over 50 home runs in a single season, Aaron’s blasts cleared the outfield walls consistently throughout his 23 seasons (1954-1976), eclipsing the 40-mark eight times. Hammerin’ Hank most notably hit for power crushing 755 home runs, but he also hit for a career average of .305, had 3,771 hits and drove in more runs than any other player in baseball history with 2,297. In front of the Atlanta home crowd, Aaron topped the mighty Babe Ruth’s home run record of 714, which stood for 39 years, when he took Los Angeles Dodgers Al Downing’s 1-0 pitch over the wall for his 715th career home run. Hank Aaron finished his career with 755 home runs and remains atop the list of the greatest players in the history of baseball. Henry Louis Aaron was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.