2005 Alex Rodriguez Signed Pro-Model Bat MEARS A10

Sold For: $1,645

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1386

Item Year: 2005

Category: Game-Used Bats

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Alex Rodriguez Louisville Slugger signature-model "P72" bat dating to the 2005-2008 manufacturing period. Graded a perfect A10 by MEARS. Despite the four-year window with regard to its manufacturing style, the bat can be precisely dated to Rodriguez's 2005 MVP season with the Yankees based upon his inscription in silver paint pen (grading "9") on the barrel that reads "Alex Rodriguez - 2005 Game Used." The bat displays heavy use along its entire length, including numerous ball marks, deeply embedded stitch impressions, rack and cleat marks, grain swelling, and an application of Mota stick on the handle. Rodriguez batted .321 in 2005, driving in 130 runs while leading the league in home runs (48), runs scored (124), and slugging percentage (.610). That spectacular offensive performance later earned him the second MVP Award of his career (of an eventual three to date) and his first as a New York Yankee. Graded A10 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 3 points for use and 2 points for provenance). Despite the fact that MEARS has evaluated sixty Alex Rodriguez pro-model bats, this is one of only three listed in its census than can be specifically dated to his 2005 MVP season with the Yankees. (It should be noted that of those other two 2005 bats, one is a batting-practice bat.) This is an exceptional and ideal Alex Rodriguez pro-model bat in all respects dating from one of his finest seasons in pinstripes. LOAs from Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,645

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