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2005-2006 Albert Pujols Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $2,643.75
Crafted from "Rock Hard Maple," this Albert Pujols block-letter (full name) model "I13L" cupped-end bat dates from the 2005-2006 manufacturing period and displays heavy use. Numerous deeply embedded ball and stitch marks are visible along the barrel, as are red "Cardinals" rack marks. Pujols' uniform number ("5") is written in black marker on both the knob and cupped-barrel end. This bat has been graded A9 by MEARS and is currently the highest-graded Pujols pro-model bat listed in the MEARS population report. Pujols batted .330 with 41 home runs and 117 RBI in 2005, an MVP season, and followed that up with similar numbers in 2006, finishing the year with 49 home runs, 137 RBI and a .331 batting average. Those statistics, which for most players would constitute "career" years, are simply the norm for "Phat Albert." Pujols is considered by many to be the best hitter in baseball and a cursory look at his annual record seems to back up that statement. In his first seven seasons, Pujols has averaged 40 home runs and 123 RBI while maintaining a lifetime average of .332. Even more impressive is the fact that those numbers are not skewed by one or two big seasons. Pujols' consistency is evidenced by the fact that he is the only player in baseball history to bat over .300 and hit 30 or more home runs with 100 or more RBI in each of his first seven seasons. Ruth never accomplished that feat, nor did Gehrig, Aaron, Williams, DiMaggio, Mays, Mantle, Foxx, Bonds, Rodriguez, or any of the game's other top hitters. In addition to winning the National League MVP Award in 2005, his other achievements include the 2001 Rookie of the Year Award, a 2006 Gold Glove Award and six All-Star Game selections. Length: 34 inches. Weight: 32.2 ounces. Graded A9 by MEARS (base grade of 5, with 3 points added for use and 1 point added for his uniform number on the knob), with none graded higher. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $2,643.75
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