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2008 Alex Rodriguez Signed Pro-Model Bat Used to Hit His 522nd Career Home Run with Scorecard, Ball, and Ticket From the Game
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,525
On April 16, 2008, Alex Rodriguez further etched his name into the record books by hitting his 522nd career home run, thereby passing both Ted Williams and Willie McCovey on the all-time list. This phenomenal collection includes not only the bat used by "ARod" to hit that historic home run, but also a ball used in the game, the actual New York Yankees lineup card used on that date, and a ticket from the game. The black Louisville Slugger signature-model "C271L" bat displays heavy use along its entire length, including numerous deeply embedded ball and stitch marks, cleat marks, and pine tar on the handle. The bat's original weight (in ounces), "31.8," is written on the knob in silver paint pen. Ideally, Rodriguez has attested to the bat's home-run provenance by personally inscribing it in silver paint pen (grading "10") on the barrel: "Alex Rodriguez/Game Used 4-16-08/Career HR #522/vs. Boston." Additionally, the bat is accompanied by a personally signed LOA directly from Alex Rodriguez, on MVP letterhead, that reads in part: "I Alex Rodriguez, hereby verify that this C271L Louisville Slugger bat was game used by myself on April 16, 2008, when I hit my 522nd career home run off of Clay Buchholz of the Boston Red Sox. This was my 4th home run of the 2008 season." In addition to his home run, Rodriguez also added a double to help the Yankees defeat the Red Sox 15-9. Adding to the appeal of this bat is the fact that 2008 marked the club's final season in old Yankee Stadium, making this a truly historic artifact from the last year of play in the "House That Ruth Built." Length: 34 inches. Weight: 31.6 ounces. While we have seen other Alex Rodriguez home-run bats over the years, none has ever been accompanied by the documentation and the amount of additional material offered here, which, when presented all together, would easily make for one of the most impressive Alex Rodriguez home-run displays imaginable. 1) New York Yankees official lineup card from 4/16/08. This is the actual lineup card that hung in the Yankees dugout during the game and all of the handwritten notations that appear on the card are the work of either manager Joe Torre or one of his coaches. Rodriguez is listed batting fourth and playing third base. The card (8.5 x 14 inches) displays a tack hole in each upper corner and a few light creases, which are commensurate with its former use. Vg-Ex. Together with a LOA from Steiner Sports and individually affixed hologram labels from Steiner Sports (39305) and Major League Baseball (BB898074). 2) Game-used baseball from the game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox on 4/16/08. The official Major League (Selig) ball bears a special "Final Season at Yankee Stadium" stamp and displays moderate soiling. Together with a LOA from Steiner Sports and individually affixed hologram labels from Steiner Sports (64845) and Major League Baseball (BB898057). 3) New York Yankees full ticket for the April 16, 2008, game against the Boston Red Sox. The ticket (1.75 x 6.25 inches) is for a "Tier Reserved" seat and is in Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 5 items (bat, lineup card, ball, ticket, and LOA from Alex Rodriguez). Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $3,525
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