Hank Aaron baseball jersey auctions for $50,000

Retired baseball star Hank Aaron's 1969 Atlanta Braves jersey has sold for $49,918 in the US.

The thoroughly-worn jersey sold as part of Lelands' online-only spring sale, which concluded on June 28.

Hank Aaron baseball jersey auctions
Aaron with the Braves in 1960

It outperformed every other item in the 47-lot sports equipment category, selling to an anonymous online bidder.

Although not offered by Hank Aaron himself, the jersey boasts strong provenance, having been gifted by Aaron to a young fan as a birthday present.

Listed as "a perfect original", the 1969 jersey hails from the height of Aaron's career.

 Aaron made the All-Star team every year from 1955 until 1975 and remains one of a mere four professional baseball players to have at least 17 seasons with 150 or more hits.

Sports memorabilia remains extremely hot property among collectors.

The same auction featured the ring awarded to Cincinnati Reds' manager Pat Moran following the infamous 1919 "Black Sox" World Series. It made $166,102, while in August 2012, the 1912 World Series trophy presented to Boston Red Sox manager Jake Stahl sold for $239,000 at Heritage Auctions.

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