2007 Albert Pujols Pro-Model Bat

Sold For: $1,541

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1232

Item Year: 2007

Category: Game-Used Bats

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Dating from the 2007 season, this Albert Pujols block-letter (full name) model "JB1(S)SG1" Sam bat is made of maple, as opposed to ash, and features a cupped-end barrel. Evidence of tremendous use is displayed along its entire length. Numerous deeply embedded ball and stitch marks, including blue-ink transfer marks, are visible on the left and back barrel, as are black bat-rack marks. A light coating of Mota stick has been applied to the upper handle. The lower handle displays an approximate ten-inch multiple crack that has been secured. A Canadian Maple Leaf sticker appears on the knob, above which is Pujols' uniform number ("5") written in black marker. The bat's length ("34.5"), original factory weight ("31.5"), date of manufacture ("3 27 07"), model number ("JBI/S/SG1"), and order number ("7575") are written in black ink within the cupped-end of the barrel. Pujols batted .327 with 32 home runs and 103 RBI in 2007. Those statistics, which for many players would constitute a "career" year, 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 eleven full seasons, Pujols has averaged 40 home runs and 120 RBI while maintaining a lifetime average of .328. 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 ten 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 three times (2005, 2008, and 2009), his other achievements include the 2001 Rookie of the Year Award, two Gold Glove Awards (2006 and 2010), and nine All-Star Game selections. Those accomplishments have all but guaranteed his future induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Length: 34.5 inches. Weight: 32.6 ounces. LOA from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,500+. SOLD FOR $1,541

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