Monday, June 22, 2015

Card of the Day - 2011 Topps Tier One : Albert Pujols Base Autograph (2/99) BGS Graded Mint 9.0

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.

2 / 99

A 10 autograph

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day.



  1. He was like Mike Trout for the longest time with his auto prices being through the roof. Glad to see you were able to find a deal.

    1. True and I think he will go back up a little with his recent HR streak and moreso once he gets closer to HOF.
      FYI, the trip is back on when the Dodgers are in town.
      I will be at Fri game for just BP and then Sat for the full experience.

    2. I have tickets for the Pirates/Dodgers on that Saturday. I'm actually staying in Pittsburgh that night so maybe we can meet up before or after for a drink depending on the timing.

    3. Sounds like a good plan. Since game is early we are heading into the city afterwards but we will be there early as well for BP. We will be in 207 or out in the outfield depending on cost of 207 from my friends work

    4. Just make sure you drop me a line closer to your departure date and we'll exchange cell #'s. At the very least we should be able to meet up before the game.

    5. Sounds good.
      Always look forward to meeting "new" baseball friends/bloggers