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2004 Rafael Palmeiro Signed Baltimore Orioles Game-Used Home Jersey
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $705.00
Baltimore Orioles home jersey worn by "500 Home Run Club" member Rafael Palmeiro in 2004. The white knit jersey is lettered "Orioles" across the front and features the number "25" on the left breast and reverse. "Palmeiro" is lettered on the reverse above the number. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in orange on black tackle twill. A Baltimore Orioles "50th Anniversary" team patch adorns the left sleeve. A "Majestic" label and adjacent "50" size tag are situated on the left front tail. Palmeiro has personally attested to the jersey's provenance by inscribing it in black marker ("8," slight bleeding) on the left breast: "Rafael Palmeiro - Game Used 2004." The jersey is further accompanied by a signed LOA from Palmeiro and matching hologram label (affixed to the rear numeral "2") from ASI (Palmeiro's marketing firm at this time). The jersey is all original, with no alterations, and displays light wear. Palmeiro batted .258 with 23 home runs and 88 RBI in 2004. One of the game's most consistent sluggers, Palmeiro is one of only twenty players to hit 500 or more home runs and his current total of 569 ranks ninth on the all-time list. He is also one of only four players in history (along with Aaron, Mays, and Murray) to amass 3,000 hits and 500 home runs. While his statistics certainly merit Hall of Fame inclusion, his road to Cooperstown may well be a bumpy one due to his involvement in baseball's steroids scandal. In March 2005 Palmeiro testified before a Congressional Committee on the use of steroids in professional baseball. He began his testimony by issuing the following statement: "Let me start by telling you this: I have never used steroids. Period. I don't know how to say it any more clearly than that. Never." Unfortunately, nearly five months later, on August 1st, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig suspended Palmeiro ten days for violating Major League Baseball's steroids policy. Palmeiro has always denied intentionally using steroids and at the time of his suspension he said he could not explain how the drugs got into his body. Only time will tell how Palmeiro will be judged in the eyes of Hall of Fame voters. There is little doubt that his role in the steroids scandal will always be remembered and debated, and that his many batting accomplishments will stand as testimony to his longevity and consistency on the field. Graded A10 by MEARS (5 point base grade plus an additional 5 points for the first-party provenance). LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $705.00
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