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    2000 Albert Pujols Fall League Game Worn St. Louis Cardinals Jersey with Multiple Photo Matches--First Major League Jersey! The long march to what would appear to be inevitable Hall of Fame enshrinement began here, a road grey knit worn in October 2000 for the twenty-seven game schedule of the Arizona Fall League. Pujols batted .323 with four home runs and twenty-one RBI's during this campaign, earning the chance to join "The Show" in 2001 and begin his stellar career with the National League Rookie of the Year Award.

    The jersey is identical stylistically to those Pujols would wear to distinction through a decade of service for St. Louis, with the classic chenille birds and bat logo on the chest and "Pujols" spanning the shoulders on reverse. But here Pujols wears number "36" rather than the fabled number "5" which will surely never return to the Cardinals wardrobe. Lower left interior tail holds "Rawlings Authentic Collection" label with flap tags reporting the following: "Set 1 2000, 2 Inch Shorter Length, 46." Appropriate wear for the abridged season is apparent, and the garment shows no alterations of any kind.

    Included with the jersey are eighteen original 8x10" photographs of Pujols wearing this jersey, all shot by official Arizona Fall League photographer Denton Hanna. Two of the photos provide side-by-side comparisons with the offered garment, focusing upon idiosyncrasies in stitching and identifier placement that confirm a perfect match.

    Pujols leads all active Major Leaguers with a .580 slugging percentage, a tally that finds him number nine in baseball history, leading legends that include Mantle, Mays and Aaron. One need only consider what the first Major League jerseys ever worn by that triumvirate would be worth today to calculate the investment potential of this singular relic. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    November, 2015
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
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