Significant Alex Rodriguez game bat used to hit his 493rd career home run, which, at the time, tied him with Lou Gehrig for twenty-eighth on the all-time list. Graded GU9.5 by PSA/DNA. Rodriquez has personally attested to its game-used status by inscribing the barrel in silver paint pen (grading "10") "Alex Rodriguez/game used 7-6-07/HR #493/Tying Lou Gehrig." Accompanied by a one-page signed letter from Rodriguez, on MVP Marketing & Management, LLC, letterhead, in which he further attests to its game use on July 6, 2007. Rodriquez's 493rd career homer, and 29th of the season, came at the expense of Angels hurler Chris Bootcheck, who served up the historic blast in the sixth inning in a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Rodriguez also doubled and singled in the Yankees 14-9 win that day. The offered black Louisville Slugger signature-model "C271L" bat displays ample evidence of its former use, including a crack in the upper handle, numerous ball and stitch marks on the barrel, cleat marks, a mark made by a weighted batting "donut," and a moderate coat of Mota Stick on the handle. The original weight of the bat ("31.5") is written on the knob in faded silver paint pen. Accompanying the bat, and perfect for display with it, is a game-used base from that historic day. The regulation major league base, was used at third base from the first inning through the fifth inning, at which point it was replaced (all the bases are replaced half way through the game). The base bears both a MLB hologram label (BB476216) and Steiner hologram label on the underside. The base is heavily soiled but is otherwise in Near-Mint condition. Rodriguez enjoyed one of the finest all-around seasons of his career in 2007, finishing the year with a .314 average and league-leading totals in both home runs (54) and RBI (156; career high). Rodriguez currently stands at number four on the all-time home-run list with 696, trailing only Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth in that category. He also ranks third all time on the career RBI list (2.086) and is one of only five players in history to have amassed over 500 home runs and 3,000 hits. This is an exceptional Alex Rodriguez game bat in all respects, made all the more significant in that it was used to tie Lou Gehrig's career mark of 493 home runs. Total: 2 items (bat and base). LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA, LOA from Alex Rodriguez, and auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
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