This bat was originally purchased in November 2004 and came from a large Pujols Collection I purchased that contained Pujols Game Used Cleats, Jersey and several bats and that are seen on this web site. According to the original seller this bat was used in the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants at Pack Bell Park on 10/13/2002. According to the seller, Albert slammed the bat on National TV after a disappointing at bat. The bat boy named Kenney Wadell who was a Bat Boy for 56 Games for the Giants in 2002, whose father was on the community relations committee for Pack Bell, retrieved the bat from the club house floor and the knob out of the garbage. This bat has been repaired. Albert went 1 for 4 in this game and the Cardinals lost 4-3.
According to Birdbats.com, Albert Pujols Louisville Slugger Shipping Records show there were only 3 Galen C243 Bats shipped in 2002 and those 3 are the only Galen C243's he has ordered making this one super rare. This is my favorite Pujols Bat and the C243 Galen will be hard to find. This Game Used Bat came from a large Pujols collection I purchased in February 2008. I am looking for the other two C243 Galens, if you have one let me know. On Pujols Game Used Bats Jeff Scott of Birdbats.com stated " Just because a bat comes with a letter of authenticity ~ even from respected sources like PSA/DNA or MEARS ~ don't go into a purchase blindly. Trust me, the authenticators who sign those letters are nice guys who know their stuff - but they are not watching every at bat, talking with people inside the Cardinals organization or examining virtually every Pujols bat that is offered at auction by the Cardinals. Their letters will tell you a bat is a Pujols model consistent with factory records, and that it is used ~ but they're usually careful not to say that Pujols used the bat.
Frankly, unless he walked from home plate to the stands and handed me the bat personally, I couldn't tell you whether Pujols used a specific bat, either. But, because I do watch every at bat and have examined many actual Pujols bats offered by the Cardinals, I have a much more informed idea of what to look for in a Pujols gamer. Now that you've read this, I hope you do, too".