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Albert Pujols 2002 Game Used Worn Glove

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Albert Pujols 2002 Game Used Worn Glove
Title: Pujols and La Russa Celebrate Caption: ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 5: Left fielder Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates with manager Tony La Russa #10 after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game three of the MLB National League Division Series during the 2002 World Series Playoffs at the Busch Stadium on October 5, 2002 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals won 6-3 to advance to the National League Championship Series. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Date created: 05 Oct 2002 Editorial image #: 1974278 The below was from Pujol's Gamers; A Primer from Rob Steinmetz and Jeff Scott updated in December of 2006. GAME USED GLOVES: 2001: Pujols split his time almost evenly between 3B, IB, and OF during his rookie campaign. As a result, a few different glove types exist. Pujols used only black Nike gloves in 2001, with his name embroidered in yellow on the thumb of each glove. Beware of Nike gloves that show excessive use and have strange initials hand-written on the inside or outside of the glove. It is known that Pujols gifted many unused Nike gloves to relatives and/or friends in the Dominican Republic, who used the gloves and later sold them in the United States as Albert's gamers. Albert did not use any Rawlings gloves in 2001, 2002, or 2003. 2002: Pujols played primarily OF in 2002, but also spent some time at 3B and 1B (and even a few innings at SSI). As a result, a few different glove types exist. Pujols used both black and dark tan Nike gloves in 2001, with his name embroidered in yellow on the thumb of each glove. Beware of Nike gloves that show excessive use and have strange initials hand-written on the inside or outside of the glove. It is known that Pujols gifted many unused Nike gloves to relatives and/or friends in the Dominican Republic, who used the gloves and later sold them in the United States as Albert's gamers. 2003: Pujols did not play 3B in 2003, but spent time in both the OF and at 18. Pujols used only Nike gloves in 2003, but there were subtle changes this season. All black and black and red (two-toned) gloves were used in 2003, with RED embroidery on the thumb of each glove. Beware of Nike gloves that show excessive use and have strange initials hand-written on the inside or outside of the glove - and also be aware of 2003 gloves that are not broken in or show artificial game use. 2004 and 2005: When Albert made the switch to playing full-time IB, he also switched to Rawlings gloves. Pujols' IB gloves are embroidered with his children's names on the thumb in red. The first glove Rawlings made for Pujols was light tan with red lacing, but later models were black and red or dark brown. To date, only two game worn Rawlings first baseman's gloves have surfaced in the hobby - one light tan with red lacing (used in Spring Training), and another black and red glove that was sold at the PFF's 2005 Christmas Gala (used throughout 2005 and during the final game at old Busch Stadium). One other "game issued" unused glove was sold by Steiner Sports in an online auction. 2006: For the third consecutive season, Pujols used only a Rawlings glove. In 2005, Albert used both a tan and a black and red glove. In 2006, he used only a black and red glove. The main glove used by Pujols during the 2006 season was kept by him. No back-up models have surfaced to date. On a related note, 2006 marked the first time Pujols won a Gold Glove Award. Updated in December of 2006
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