Pujols happened to be the biggest non Dodger on my to reacquire autograph list from the ball purge of last year and I ended up picking this up for a major discount as I stumbled upon it accidentally on one of many eBay searches.
A few requirements were attached to Pujols and his autograph. Obviously it had to be an on card autograph as it would probably be my only copy in my collection. Secondly I hoped to have it already pre-graded. A plus but not a need. The hardest part of it all though was that he had to be depicted in Cardinal red and not Angel red. That is where things got tricky. Obviously the past 3 years worth of Pujols autographs have him in Angel gear but he made his name as a Cardinal and will go in the Hall of Fame as one. Not because I am not a fan of the Angels but Pujols should have never left St. Louis. So with all that the market for me was a little pigeonholed as most "cheaper" autographs of Pujols were stickers and the on cards were from his rookie year in 2001 which had too high of a price tag attached to them.
I knew 2011 card issues had some on card autographs to chose from as I lost out on a few auctions over the past year plus but the day I found this card I was searching for something entirely different and as I hit enter on the computer keyboard this card came up instead of what I was really looking for. My mistake as the computer was pulling up my search history but a happy mistake for sure. This card had been "live" on eBay for a total of 12 minutes on a BIN auction and I was the first one to view it. The price the seller was asking for was so low that it was actually lower than some of the raw cards I lost out on. With no time to spare I hit the BIN button and finally reacquired my Pujols autograph. Week later it arrived and looks even better in person. A great deal indeed.
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A 10 autograph
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