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Hank Aaron Signed 20th Home Run Game Ball From 1957 Season

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,900.00

PLEASE NOTE: Robert Edward Auctions has determined that the authenticity of this lot is extremely questionable. We believe this item is a fraud and we have cancelled the sale of this lot. The Aaron signature is authentic, but we do not believe that this is a genuine Hank Aaron home run ball. We also believe that the accompanying letter from Donald Davidson's step-daughter is a fabrication. Many similar balls have been sold in many other auctions over the past several years. The widespread acceptance of these "Hank Aaron home run baseballs" in the marketplace caused us to let our guard down on this item when preparing this catalog. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Presented is the actual baseball that Hank Aaron hit for the 20th home run of his M.V.P. 1957 season off of Dodgers' pitcher Don Newcombe. This was only the 86th home run of career. Of course, 1957 was also the year in which Aaron led the Braves to the world's championship. This is one of the few documented Hank Aaron home run baseballs in existence, originating directly from Milwaukee Braves director of public relations and traveling secretary Donald Davidson. The "home run baseball" is the most coveted of all baseball game souvenirs. Most home run baseballs disappear into obscurity the moment they are taken home after a game. The fate of most remains a mystery, and those actually saved almost always inevitably lose their identity over time. Here is, without question, an actual home run ball hit by the all-time Home Run King. It was retrieved and kept by Braves longtime traveling secretary Don Davidson, who has written on the ball on a side panel in his hand the following identification: "Henry Aaron's 20th Home Run vs. Dodgers June 26, 1957 Pitcher Don Newcombe." The ink notations are bold ("10"). The ball exhibits general wear from game-use. The ball remained with Davidson until his death in 1990. It is accompanied by a letter on Braves' stationery signed by Davidson's step-daughter attesting to the ball's origin and chain of custody, which reads in part, "My step-father, Donald Davidson, was the director of public relations and traveling secretary for the Milwaukee Braves. He secured this baseball that Hank Aaron hit for his 86th career homerun. He then wrote the information regarding the homerun on the ball. It has been in his collection until his death in 1990 and in my possession until now. This ball is a 100% authentic game used baseball hit by Hank Aaron for his 86th career homerun." The ball was recently signed by Aaron ("9") on the sweet spot, and is also accompanied by a copy of the box score of the game which shows that Newcombe's catcher was Roy Campanella, who therefore would have also had to have handled this ball. "Hammerin' Hank" hit 755 homers in his career, but few well documented home run balls from his career exist. This is one of the very few. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $2,900.00

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