A high grade Hank Aaron rookie card exploded on eBay Monday night.
Most would have laughed if you'd told them in 1954 that a skinny kid from Mobile, AL would break Babe Ruth's home run record.
He was making his first appearance on a Topps baseball card--just a talented young player who made a minor splash playing for the Eau Claire Bears and earned a call up to the other side of Wisconsin. But Hank Aaron turned Milwaukee upside down, then chased the Babe and cemented his Hall credentials when the club moved to Atlanta.
Monday night, evidence of Aaron's enduring popularity--and the incredible thirst for high grade vintage rookie cards-- surfaced again. A 1954 Topps Aaron rookie card graded SGC 96 (mint),
The card generated 39 bids before the auction closed about 11 PM eastern time.
The price for an SGC mint card does appear to be a record-setter. The highest price recorded in the last three years for an SGC graded mint Aaron RC had been $20,805 (Mile High February 2008 auction).
However, a PSA 9 (mint) Aaron rookie sold for $28,969 in an August 2006 Mastro Auctions sale.