Learn All About the Hank Aaron Rookie Card

By: Marty Beets

Hank Aaron is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time.  He played in Milwaukee and Atlanta from 1954 to 1976 and hit 755 homeruns, breaking Babe Ruth's records.

His rookie and early cards are very sought after and valuable. Let's take a look at some of these vintage Hank Aaron cards:

1954 Topps

Card #28

This is the card that most collectors consider to be the primary Hank Aaron rookie card.  

The 1954 Topps Hank Aaron card is the first major release Aaron rookie card. This card in high-grade condition is extremely valuable and hard to find. It's one of the premier cards in the hobby.  

1954 Johnston cookies

Card #5

This is a rare release from a regional Braves set. This card is rare and is considered an oddball rookie card.

The 1954 Johnston Cookies set contains 35 cards, all Milwaukee Braves, that measure 2″ x 3 7/8″. Eddie Matthews and Warren Spahn, both MLB Hall of Famers, also had cards in this set.

1954-56 Spic and Span Postcard

This is an obscure oddball team-issued postcard. It is considered an oddball rookie. 

The 18-card Spic and Span postcards set, issued between 1954-56, has an early Hank Aaron postcard that some collectors consider a rookie. 

1955 Bowman

Card #179

This is Aaron's first Bowman card since he wasn't in the 1954 set. It is not considered a rookie card

The 1955 Bowman Hank Aaron card #179 isn’t a rookie, but it is very cool and unique early Hank Aaron card.  Since Hank Aaron wasn’t in the 1954 Bowman set, this is his first Bowman card. 

Here's a summary of Aaron's early rookies. 

1954 Johnston Cookies Considered an oddball rookie

1954 Topps Universally considered a rookie card

1954-56 Spic & Span Considered an oddball rookie