In 1970, Hank Aaron was an aging 36 years old and deliberating retirement. He would play seven more years, and the rest is home run and baseball history.
During the '70 season, he reached the 3,000-hit plateau, hit 38 home runs, and was positioning to catch the Babe. 1970 was also the penultimate season for Henry Louis Aaron to model a baseball flannel uniform. Long gone was the classic Tomahawk (not to return until 1987), and his final Braves’ flannels would more resemble the home Yankee jerseys, characterized by pinstripes and simplicity. Ask uniform historians about the quality of those latter-day Braves’ flannel versions, and the response is surprisingly positive. First, the cotton portion of the composite material had become dominant, creating a beautiful, smooth, airy flannel which was clean to the touch, without any "mattiness." Second, the midnight navy “Braves” script font (as well as the back numerals) was made of an ultra-soft tackle twill which held up well to the stress of daily use, and they also aged gracefully. Third, those back numerals on the home Wilson jerseys were stout and horizontally dominant; to paraphrase ex-Braves managing partner, Bill Bartholomay, they were meant to link the club to those “beer-barrel” looking numeric identifiers used by the last clubs in Milwaukee. The screaming Braves’ patch, which adorns the left sleeve, added just the right touch of color and the flannel collar swatch projecting “H. Aaron 1970 – Set 1” in delicate chainlink calligraphy, was worth the price of admission itself. The tail showcases a well-worn Wilson size 40 label from that era.
Simple, yet elegant and tasteful - you won’t see a more beautiful Aaron, or a more delectable Aaron autograph on the lower left front tail.
Certificate No: 35520 Issued: Mar 2, 2007 Est. Value: $32,791
Authentition: PSA/DNA Auction House Letter, 100% Authentic Team
People: Hank Aaron