In March of 2023 Brown Button hosted a moving sale on behalf of one of Major League Baseball’s greatest hitters, Albert Pujols. This was the third sale that the company had hosted for an MLB player. Pujols was selling his 10,000 sqft home in the Tuscany Reserve neighborhood of Leawood, KS to move to the Los Angeles area to continue his role as special assistant to the Angels. Pujols has roots in Kansas City having moved to Independence, MO in high school where he played baseball at Fort Osage High School, followed by a baseball scholarship to play at Maple Woods Community College.
Albert Pujols’ Major League Baseball career has spanned 22 seasons between the St. Louis Cardinals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Los Angeles Angels. An 11-time All-Star, Pujols’ career highlights include 3-time National League MVP, 6-time Silver Slugger, winning two Gold Glove awards at first base, as well as many other awards throughout his career. He reached his 3,000th career hit in 2018, twice he has led the National League in home runs, and during the 2022 season reached 700 career home runs (the fourth player to accomplish this). In 2022 he moved into second place on the MLB’s all-time list of career RBIs, behind only Hank Aaron.
Why does an MLB All Star need an estate sale?
When it came to selling his home in Leawood, Pujols was confronted with the issue of what to do with all the furniture and contents in the home as he already had a furnished house in LA. With the closing date approaching he asked his Realtor, Kristin Malfer, how to handle the contents and she recommended Brown Button Estate Sales. Brown Button was brought in on the project with nine days until the home was to sell. Michael Fry, co-owner of Brown Button said, “It was a large project to do in a short time frame, but with the size and expertise of our team we were able to work within the reduced time window.” The company’s staff of interior designers, appraisers, fashion specialists, and movers had the sale organized, staged and priced within a matter of days.
Media Coverage of the Albert Pujols estate sale:
With such a short time frame it was especially important that the estate sale be well advertised to the public so that the contents of the house could be sold and the house left empty. Brown Button put out a press release about the sale and reached out directly to its media and news connections. The news media responded with extensive coverage of the estate sale including news outlets as far away as St Louis.
The estate sale ran mid-week from 9am to 4pm on a Tuesday & Wednesday to accommodate the selling date of the home. It was incredibly well attended with the majority of the furniture selling out the first day. There was a long line of shoppers waiting to get into the home, many of them looking for a memento; something they could say belonged to Albert Pujols. Highlights of the sale included an extensive collection of high end patio furniture, Pujol’s master bedroom suite, & an Epiphone “Les Paul – 100” Electric Guitar From The Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic.
Off To Spring Training
With the sale over and nearly everything in the home sold, the Brown Button team switched gears to focus on leaving the home completely ready for the new homeowner to move in. The post sale process involves appraising the few remaining unsold items for donation, handling the charity pick-up, removing trash and having the home cleaned. The new homeowner took possession of the home 24 hours after the estate sale ended and was pleasantly surprised that it was “move in ready” for them. Albert did not have to come back to the house for anything. With Brown Button hosting the sale he was able to leave the sale in the professionals’ hands and focus on Spring Training with the Angels.