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Albert Pujols Game Used and Autographed St. Louis Cardinals Items

Albert Pujols 2006 Game Used Home Jersey

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Albert Pujols 2006 Game Used Home Jersey
One of the few true 2006 Game Used Jerseys with Certification by 100% Authentic Team and a Cardinals Expert. Albert has kept a lot of his own items from the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals World Championship Season. American Memorabilia stated "Offered is a home Pujols [size] "50" jersey. Outstanding wear is exhibited with consistent puckering on all of the identifiers, great label wear and one significant customization - appearing in the tail. According to a source familiar with Cardinals memorabilia, Pujols has, over the past two seasons, preferred customization in the tail. Three out of four Pujols gamers viewed by the collector had cut tails. This same authority has owned two of Pujols' gamers from 2005, both of which had custom-cut tails. A 2006 Inaugural Season patch adorns the left sleeve. All of the frayed identifiers are applied in two-color tackle twill, and "PUJOLS" is sewn directly to the verso in an arched manner. A Majestic tag appears in the tail with a size flag tag suspended. The inner side gusset features Majestic's "0062" inventory code. One of the most pertinent Pujols gamers worn when he won his first World Series title and possibly second NL MVP Award. While there are numerous rookie jerseys available on the market, this is the first 2006 Pujols gamer we've seen. The absolute best of the best. This has also been verified by a local Cardinals Expert. I currently own this jersey. The below is from Pujols Gamers: A Primer by Rob Steinmetz and Jeff Scott, GAME WORN JERSEYS: 2001: Cardinals jerseys were manufactured by Rawlings. Jerseys were tagged on the inside of the tail with a Rawlings tag, a size flag tag, and a year/set flag tag. No special patches were worn on these jerseys, until after 9/11 when the American flag patch was added to the back of the neck. Pujols wore a size 46 for a short time in April of 2001, and then switched to a size 48. Beware of properly tagged 2001 's with loose embroidery on the front "birds and bat" logo. For a photo reference of what the stitching on the front of Cardinals jerseys SHOULD look like, please refer to The Sporting News' recent hardcover book entitled Cardinal Nation. 2002: Cardinals jerseys were manufactured by Rawlings (for the last time). Jerseys were tagged on the inside of the tail with a Rawlings tag, a size flag tag, and a year/set flag tag. The year/set flag tag on 2002 jerseys are made of a paper flber material instead of the nylon material used in 2001. From April through late June no special patches were worn on the jerseys. After the death of Darryl Kile and Jack Buck, special patches were added to each sleeve. Pujols wore a size 48 for the entire 2002 season. Beware of properly tagged 2002's with retail Buck & Kile patches and/or incon-ect size numbers on the back and front. Please note that the Cardinals did wear only the Buck memorial patch for a very short period of time in 2002, although no examples with just one patch have ever surfaced in the hobby. 2003: Cardinals jerseys were manufactured by Majestic for the first time ever. Jerseys were tagged on the outside of the tail with a Majestic tag and a size flag tag. A very limited number of jerseys have surfaced with a year flag tag, but these are extremely rare. No special patches were worn on 2003 Cardinals jerseys. Pujols wore a size 48 for the entire 2003 season. Pay special attention to the interior wash tag on 2003 Pujols jerseys, which should carry a "0062" code (retail jerseys, which are rarely used in emergency circumstances by the Cardinals, are coded "6200"). Also note that jerseys worn during Spring Training of 2003 have two buttons very close to one another above the Cardinals logo (this "high button" style was canned prior to the start of the 2003 regular season). 2004: Cardinals jerseys were manufactured by Majestic. Jerseys were tagged on the outside of the tail with a Majestic tag and a size flag tag. A very limited number of jerseys have surfaced with a year flag tag, but these are extremely scarce. No special patches were wom on 2004 Cardinals jerseys. Pujols wore a size 48 for most of the 2004 season, switching to a size 50 late in the year (and throughout the postseason). Pay special attention to the interior wash tag on 2004 Pujols jerseys, which should carry a "0062" code (retail jerseys, which are rarely used in emergency circumstances by the Cardinals, are coded "6200"). 2005: Like all MLB teams, Cardinals jerseys were manufactured by Majestic. Several 2005 Cardinals jerseys have surfaced with a year flag tag, but many also did not have year tagging. The Cardinals wore a special Busch Memorial Stadium Final Season patch on the sleeve of both home and road jerseys. Albert wore only size 50 jerseys in 2005, ajl of which reportedly have the pro-coded "0062" interior wash tag. The material on 2005 game used jerseys is unmistakably pro quality - very soft and heavyweight compared to their retail counterparts. It has also been reported that most of Albert's 2005 jerseys have custom straight hemmed tails, while others have the more traditional rounded tails. The jersey worn by Pujols during the last regular season home game at old Busch Stadium, the jersey worn when the "Minute Maid Miracle" homerun was hit off Brad Lidge in Houston, and a home jersey donated by Albert to the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Florida ail had custom straight hemmed tails. 2006: Cardinals jerseys were again manufactured by Majestic. Some jerseys had a year flag tag, some did not. The Cardinals wore a special Busch Stadium Inaugural Season patch on the sleeve of their home jerseys. Albert wore only size 50 jerseys in 2006, all of which reportedly have the pro-coded "0062" interior wash tag. It has also been reported that all of Albert's 2006 jerseys have custom straight hemmed tails. Because regular season jerseys were carried over to the World Series in 2006 (patches were added), it has been reported that all of Albert's 2006 jerseys were kept by him. To date, no 2006 jerseys with team or player provenance have surfaced in the hobby.
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