As you know from Sooz's blog about her Mariano signed picture, when you spend money at BC Sports stores you earn credit towards a memorabilia purchase later on. Every $250 spent on cards/wax gets your $25 back. I racked up $150 in credit (though there was $175, it did not post in time), and spent it in the best way possible. Without any more suspense I give you.... an Albert Pujols signed picture.
The original price of this glorious item was $299.99, however the store was running a sale where all memorabilia was 30% off. Which brought it down to $210, and with my $150 credit, it only cost me about $78 bucks with tax. It is a 16" x 20" framed picture signed by Albert. Obviously since I live in New York the items in the store are mostly Yankees, and a couple of Mets. I already have the few Yankees autos that I would want (which I will show off sometime), and honestly even if I didn't I would have bought a Pujols something or other since I will probably never afford that at full price with a clear conscience.
I have to admit, I would argue with anyone about him being one of the best (as good as A-Rod) with the stats he puts up year in and year out. Pujols has a career BA of .334, .425 OBP, .624 SLG, and on average only 55 SO's per season (except his rookie year). You don't ever see an A-Rod rookie card sell for this much, sadly A-Rod sells for about half that amount. How sick is that?
I haven't hung this up yet because I have no clue where I want it. I have a tremendous amount of baseball cards things and clutter all over the place that need to get moved so I can place this somewhere I can stare at it.