He turned a bar bet into a $1.5 million business. Now, Sam Holman, bat-maker for Albert Pujols, Alfonso Soriano and Barry Bonds (among others), is ready to turn his maple empire over to someone else.
Joe Carter created a stir when he homered with a bat nade if maple nine years ago. "Sam Bats" was an unknown quantity then; just a Canadian woodworker convinced it was better than ash.
Since then, he’s become a popular guy with some big league players, who swear by his product. Collectors quickly distinguish Sam Holman’s sticks by their unique appearance.
After several years in the business, he’s now ready to sell. An eBay listing at $3.5 millioin didn’t generate a sale, but it did attract enough publicity to bring several potential buyers forward.
List of game-used bats for currently sale on eBay.