Pros: What aluminum bat appreciates in value?
Cons: Cannot find them anymore at any price.
The Sc500 Story
When the Redline C-Core it arrived on the scene a few years back, it quickly became famous for its unparalleled pop, or trampoline effect, on a batted ball. It became famous for its huge sweet spot. And it has now become famous for its durability. Balls that were normally grounders and flies became doubles and homers. Pitchers became targets. It was so dangerous that the NCAA and high schools banned the Redline and its Z-Core and Z2K cousins forever.
Many have tried to copy this popular bat, but have failed. The secret, now revealed in hindsight, was the unique scandium/aluminum alloy formulation - Sc500 - that was exclusive to Easton through their partnership with Ashurst Technology LTD and Kaiser Aluminum.
No one could predict that this fortuitous marriage would last only a few years. This left the baseball world with a finite number of the best bats ever made. New bats sell for well over original retail of $2-300. Someone sold a 34" Z2K last year on eBay for over $800! Used Sc500 bats maintain their value like jewelry or a classic vehicle.
Why you should use the best bat available:
Even the best players get four or so at bats during a baseball game. That is only four possible fair balls in two hours. No other sport will make you focus so much of your skill and training down to so few attempts at success. Get the bat that will maximize your success. Maximum pop. Maximum sweet spot. Maximum life. Steroids are so 90's. Get a Z2K.
Banned in high school and college. Great for middle school and adult leagues