With uncertainty of Albert Pujols’ age looming large with potential suitors, the Puerto Rican-born slugger remained until the 13th round of the 1999 MLB Amateur Draft. Plucked by the St. Louis Cardinals as the 402nd overall selection, Pujols was groomed with just one season of minor league play and, 600-plus home runs later, is likely headed for Cooperstown. As he fine-tuned his skills in the Advanced Class A Carolina League, Pujols wore this Potomac Cannons jersey during the 2000 season. An apparel item as rare as Pujols’ raw power, this minor league survivor was worn by perhaps the greatest power hitter of our time as he honed his skills in the bush leagues! The black micromesh button-down garment features “CANNONS” sewn across the chest in burgundy-on-white twill and “21” sewn to the back and left front in like fashion. Within the collar, a “Rawlings” size “48” tag is accompanied by a fabric content laundering instructions tag. The tapered left front tail is home to an additional “Rawlings” label. All original and unaltered, the jersey shows solid game wear with puckering and minimal color fading about the twill components.
Also included is a 2000 Multi-Ad Sports Albert Pujols trading card. The (NM-MT) collectible shows the young Pujols in his Peoria Chiefs attire and is autographed in black marker (“10” strength) and inscribed “#21.” (JSA auction LOA)
Included, as well, is a 2000 Albert Pujols Potomac Cannons bobblehead doll. The stadium giveaway item presents (NM-MT).
Huggins and Scott is allowing the winning bidder 45 days from the date when payment is received to have the item independently authenticated. Payment must, however, be made within two weeks from the end of the auction. Huggins and Scott is not responsible for any authentication fees or shipping charges incurred by the winning bidder but H&S will refund the hammer price and buyer's premium if the item does not pass authentication with a reputable third party company.