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2003 Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez Signed Game-Used World Series Catcher's Gear
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,204.00
Offered is the face mask, chest protector and pair of shin guards worn by future Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez during the 2003 World Series. Each individual piece has been inscribed by Rodriguez (attesting to their use in the 2003 World Series) in silver Sharpie and the entire ensemble is accompanied by an LOA also signed by Rodriguez. Face Mask: black Wilson A3007 face mask is inscribed "Ivan Rodriguez/2003 WS/Game Used!" along the base of the mask. Chest Protector: black Wilson A3200 chest protector bears the Wilson name screened on the front in gold lettering. The name "Pudge" is embroidered in white along the black-cloth throat guard, which also bears the inscription "WS/GU 03/Ivan Rodriguez." Shin Guards: pair of black Wilson A3405 shin guards are each inscribed "Ivan Rodriguez/GU 03 WS" on the front. The shin guards display moderate use while the mask and chest protector each exhibit light use. All of the inscriptions and signatures grade "9-10" with the exception of the face mask, which is slightly smudged ("7"). Ivan Rodriguez is largely credited with being the primary catalyst for the Marlins miracle run during the 2003 season. A free-agent acquisition, the veteran catcher quickly provided guidance and leadership to a talented, but young and inexperienced pitching staff. He also contributed mightily at the plate, batting .297 with 16 home runs and 85 RBI. This is a unique and extraordinary collection of game-used equipment worn by Rodriguez during his finest moments on the diamond. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,204.00
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